Academy 2018 Spring Concert

ACADEMY SPRING CONCERT
MAY 5 WHEATON

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Enjoy the beautiful playing of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra! The Junior Academy, a smaller ensemble of students aged 8 – 14, will also perform.

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GARY METHODIST CHURCH

Academy Spring Repertoire – Baroque Concerti:

  • Telemann Concerto for Viola with violist Lily Smith. This is Lily’s debut as soloist.
  • Vivaldi Concerto No 11 in D Minor for Two Violins and Cello. Our three soloists are violinists Amelia Piscitelli and Kevin Shi and cellist Luca Warren.
  • Handel Concerto Grosso in G Major Opus6 No. 1. The Concerto Grosso includes within it a Concertino – a small group of three players who perform with the orchestra as soloists.
  • Tartini Sonata in D performed by the Junior Academy! A special short appearance by the Junior Academy ensemble (Aged 8 – 13).
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From Left: Luca Warren, Dana Yu, Wil Lyon, Tabitha Rea, Mark Chiodras, Lily Smith, Kevin Shi, Amelia Piscitelli, Cameron Fuller, Ananya Moses. Our new harpsichord player Bethany Taylor will also provide the continuo.

Soloists

Academy soloists Lily Smith, Kevin She, Amelia Piscitelli and Luca Warren

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Watch a video of Amelia performing the Svendsen Romance with Camerata Chicago in 2016.

Virtuoso violinist Amelia Piscitelli will perform Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Virtuoso 16 year old violinist Amelia Piscitelli will perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Academy Orchestra on November 19, 2017 at Gary United Methodist Church, Wheaton. Photography by Thomas E. Hurley

Receive a gift of our superb CD of Amelia Piscitelli performing the Svendsen Romance with Camerata Chicago when you make a donation to the orchestra.

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The Academy on November 19, 2017. Photo by Luca Warren (c) 2017

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Academy 2017 Fall Concert

VIVALDI FOUR SEASONS
DECEMBER 16 WHEATON

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Enjoy the beautiful playing of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra!

Repertoire:

  • Vivaldi Four Seasons played by Amelia Piscitelli
  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.
  • Telemann Suite performed by the Junior Academy! A special short debut appearance by the Junior Academy ensemble (Aged 8 – 13).

Vivaldi Four Seasons soloist Amelia Piscitelli

Vivaldi’s famous Four Seasons will be performed by 16 year old virtuoso violinist Amelia Piscitelli.

Watch a video of Amelia performing the Svendsen Romance with Camerata Chicago in 2016.

Virtuoso violinist Amelia Piscitelli will perform Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Virtuoso 16 year old violinist Amelia Piscitelli will perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Concert Details December 16, 2017

Academy Orchestra on November 19, 2017 at Gary United Methodist Church, Wheaton. Photography by Thomas E. Hurley

Receive a gift of our superb CD of Amelia Piscitelli performing the Svendsen Romance with Camerata Chicago when you make a donation to the orchestra.

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The Academy on November 19, 2017. Photo by Luca Warren (c) 2017

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Academy 2017 Spring Concerts

PURCHASE $10 TICKETS FOR MAY 5 & 6 CONCERTS

ALL CHILDREN ARE WELCOME FOR FREE

ACADEMY ORCHESTRA SPRING SEMESTER CONCERTS

7pm FRIDAY MAY 5, 2017
Faith Community Church, Itasca

7pm SATURDAY MAY 6, 2017
Gary United Methodist Church, Wheaton

Vaughan Williams Violin Concerto Featuring virtuoso violinist

Ellen Maloney

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Special Children's Segment: Ellen Maloney will perform the delightful classic story of Ferdinand the Bull for solo violin and narrator by Alan Ridout and Munro Leaf narrated by Drostan Hall in a special segment for children.

The Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra

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From left to right: Joe Brackmann (cello), Ellen Maloney (violin), Amelia Piscitelli (violin), Joe Williamson (violin), Ashwin Moses (violin), Madeline Abel (Principal Violin II), Luca Warren (Principal Cello), Cameron Fuller (double bass), Lily Smith (viola), Isaac Lubben (violin), Allison Chang (principal viola), Kevin Shi (violin).

The string chamber orchestra comprises advanced high school students who play to a very high standard under the direction of conductor Drostan Hall.

 

Repertoire

Vaughan Williams Violin Concerto Academico
Ellen Maloney, violin (Concert Master)
Watch a brilliant video of Ellen

Ferdinand the Bull
Violin: Ellen Maloney | Narrator: Drostan Hall

Tchaikovsky String Serenade

Grieg's Elegaic Melodies

 

Concerts

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Academy Orchestra

The Academy is pictured here on November 20, 2016 at Gary United Methodist Church, where we are Ensemble-in-Residence.

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WFMT INTRODUCTIONS BROADCAST PODCAST AVAILABLE

Our December 10 Academy Orchestra broadcast on WFMT Introductions was wonderful to hear. Click here for the podcast.

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PURCHASE $10 TICKETS FOR MAY 5 & 6 CONCERTS

Academy 2016 Fall Concerts

PURCHASE $10 TICKETS FOR DECEMBER 16 & 18 CONCERTS

 

ACADEMY ORCHESTRA FALL SEMESTER CONCERTS

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7:30pm FRIDAY DECEMBER 16, 2016
St John Lutheran Church, Wheaton

3:30pm SUNDAY DECEMBER 18, 2016
Gary United Methodist Church, Wheaton

Featuring virtuoso violinist Amelia Piscitelli
Concert Master: Ellen Maloney

The Academy is pictured here on November 20, 2016 at Gary United Methodist Church, where we are Ensemble-in-Residence.

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The string chamber orchestra comprises advanced high school students who play to a very high standard under the direction of conductor Drostan Hall.

PURCHASE $10 TICKETS FOR DECEMBER 16 & 18 CONCERTS

 

Repertoire

Svendsen Romance for Violin & Orchestra
Amelia Piscitelli violin
Watch brilliant videos of Amelia here.

St Paul’s Suite Holst

Variations on Thaxted by Blumhofer

Rutter Suite for Strings

 

Amelia Video

Video of Amelia Piscitelli performing Svendsen’s Romance in her professional debut with Camerata Chicago in October 2016.


Academy Orchestra Members Photoset

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From left to right: Joe Brackmann (cello), Ellen Maloney (violin), Lily Smith (viola) Joe Williamson (violin), Ashwin Moses(violin), Madeline Abel (violin), Luca Warren (cello), Cameron Fuller (double bass) Amelia Piscitelli (violin), Joshua Leak (principal cello), Allison Chang (principal viola), Kevin Shi (violin).

 

WFMT INTRODUCTIONS BROADCAST
PODCAST AVAILABLE

Our December 10 Academy Orchestra broadcast on WFMT Introductions was wonderful to hear. Click here for the podcast.

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Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra Members Photos

Academy Orchestra Members Photos and Bios

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Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra taken on November 20, 2016 by Gary Church.

 

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Joe Brackmann, Cello

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Joseph Brackmann has studied cello with Carol Ourada at Wheaton College Community School of the Arts for 8 years where he has also participates in the cello choir and the chamber program. Joe is the principal cellist in the Concert Orchestra at Youth Symphony of DuPage for the past 2 years.  Joe was selected in 2012 and in 2014 to be in the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas at the SAA National Conference in Minneapolis. He enjoys attending the Chicago Suzuki Institute and the Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute each summer. The summer of 2012 and 2014 he
participated in chamber music sessions with the Chicago Trio, sponsored by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. Joe is in the sixth grade at Franklin School where he is a member of his school orchestra and he plays in ensembles at his church. This is his first year with Camerata Chicago Academy.

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Ashwin Moses, First Violin

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Ashwin Moses, 17, has been playing the violin from the age of five. He was a student of Victoria Kuchta Szczepaniak, Edward Kreitman, and Thomas Wermuth of the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School where he was a member of the Allegro!!! String Performance Ensemble and the Chicago Consort. While at the school with Allegro!!!, he had the opportunity to perform at the ASTA national conference in Atlanta where the group won first place and worked with Dean Marshall and members of Barrage. He was a participant in a master class with Elizabeth Faidley, toured China with Allegro!!! as part of Dean Marshall’s League of Astonishing Strings and soloed in Greece on tour with the Chicago Consort in the summer of 2015.

Ashwin enjoys performing in the College Church orchestra, Gary Church and One Way Church services, and for One Way Ministries’ Shine Orchestra at Wentz Concert Hall. This spring, 2016, he was a member of the pit orchestra for the production of Peter Pan at Oswego East High School. In addition to playing the violin, Ashwin sings in an Honors Acapella Choir as a baritone. In the fall of 2015 he was a participant in the ILMEA vocal auditions.

He was awarded first and second place in the instrument divisions of the Communication Arts Festivals at North Central College. In early 2016, he was a participant in the DePaul Concerto Festival and the DuPage Symphony Young Artist Auditions where he was well received.

This is his second year playing with the Camerata Chicago Academy. He has been a student of Drostan Hall since the summer of 2015. He is interested in studying violin performance in college.

The Cello Section with Julian Schwarz

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From left: Joe Brackmann, Joshua Leak (Principal), Luca Warren
and Christian Guillermo (now alumnus).

Amelia Piscitelli

Amelia Piscitelli 2015-10-08 0594x0594Amelia Piscitelli, Principal Second Violinist, has been smiling to classical music since infancy and formally began playing violin at the age of four. From 2009-2014, she studied violin with Debbie Edwards, then in late Summer 2014, she began studying with Drostan Hall, her current teacher. As a sophomore at Hammond Baptist High School, she greatly enjoys playing violin, teaching violin, and playing specials with her violin students at church. She relishes the chamber music opportunities afforded her at Sforzando String Camp for the last 7 summers and has been privileged to be a member of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra since 2015.

 

Ellen Maloney

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Ellen Maloney, Concertmaster

In Addition to Ellen Maloney’s current position as Concertmaster for Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra, she is also a member of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, CYSO Chamber Music Program, Glenbard West Orchestra and Glenbard West String Quartet. Read Ellen’s full biography.

Madeline Abel, Violin

Introducing one of our Academy Orchestra’s second violinists – Madeline Abel – an excellent team player! We’ve appreciated her enthusiasm about the upcoming concert on December 20. Do join us Saturday for some high-quality music-making. academyorchestra04-madelineabel-2-800

 

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Concertmaster Ellen Maloney

 

Academy Alumni

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Academy 2015: Ellen Maloney, Kaz Akamatsu, Kaylin Liu, Leslie Schmult, Justin Pham; Madeline Abel, Hannah Appleyard, Brandon Lach, Elin Liu, Drostan Hall; Hannah Novak (Bass), Kendra Standish, Amanda Lozano, Alison Chang, Max Lowery.

Joshua Leak, Principal Cello

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Josh Leak is a 17 year-old junior at Lyons Township High School, who has loved music his entire life. He began playing the cello at three and the drums at five. Josh was an All-District ILMEA participant in 2015, and was selected to the All-State ILMEA Orchestra in 2016. He is currently principal cellist in Sinfonietta at Lyons Township where he earned second place in the Lyons Township Concerto Competition in 2016. Josh is also principal cellist of the DuPage Youth Symphony Orchestra, where he earned first place in its Concerto Competition in 2016. Josh has attended numerous summer string camps including the Sphinx Performance Academy, for the last five years, and he plans to attend Berklee College of Music’s five-week pre-collegiate summer program this July. He has also taken cello lessons with faculty members at the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan.
In his free time, Josh enjoys giving cellos lessons, playing in a drum line, composing music and playing his cello, the drums and singing at his church. Josh is thrilled to be serving as principal cellist of Camerata Academy. Josh’s cello instructor is Dr. Tanya Carey.

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Kaylin Liu, an eighth grader, has been studying violin for 7 1/2 years. Kaylin’s teachers have included Thomas Wermuth with whom she studied for two years and Drostan Hall her current teacher. She has been prize winner of Chinese Confucius Competition, Glen Ellyn – Wheaton Music Scholarship Contest, as well as winner of 2014 Society of American Musicians Competition. She was featured in a duet solo in Allegro, a violin ensemble group from Western Springs Suzuki School which toured China in 2013. Aside from violin, Kaylin enjoys traveling, running and reading.

Justin Pham, Violin

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Justin Pham has been playing the violin under the tutelage of Steven Sjobring for eight years and Drostan Hall for a year. Since 4th grade, he participated in many music festivals and camps including ILMEA Junior and Senior Festivals, Credo at Oberlin Music Conservatory. He won 1st place in the 2014-2015 Wheaton-Warrenville South Concerto Competition, and is currently the concert master of the WWHS Sinfonia orchestra. Justin will participate in the 2016 All State festival. He hopes to continue playing the violin in college.

Ellin Liu, Harpsichord, Conductor

Introducing the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra’s youngest member Ellin Liu, who is our excellent ten year old harpsichord player. She has played continuo for the Bach A Minor Violin Concerto on a beautiful harpsichord hand painted by the late Marge Gieser. academyorchestra04-ellinliu-1000x1115

Max Lowery, Principal Viola and Composer

As well as being a composer, Max Lowery is our excellent Principal Viola of the Academy Orchestra. Max performed the Telemann Viola Concerto with the Academy Orchestra on May 9, 2015.

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Sophia Radovic, Second Violin

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Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra Photos

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Violas – Alison Chang, Kaz Akamatsu, Max Lowery

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Academy Spring 2016 Concert May 7

WFMT INTRODUCTIONS BROADCAST

11:00 AM DECEMBER 10, 2016
Academy Orchestra Performance
Spring Concert May 7

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Saturday May 7, 2016 at 7:30pm

CAMERATA CHICAGO
ACADEMY ORCHESTRA

Spring 2016 Concert
Wheaton, Gary Methodist Church

See Ticket System pages for the May 7 concert

The Academy presents the Spring Semester concert
of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra with four brilliant artists:

Aditi Prakash (viola), Ellen Maloney (violin),
Max Lowery (composer) 
and Ellin Liu (conductor, Holst).

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Photo: Aditi Prakash (viola), Ellen Maloney (concertmaster);
Ellin Liu (conductor, Holst), Max Lowery (viola and composer);
See more photos and bios below.

The string chamber orchestra comprises advanced high school students who play to a very high standard under the direction of conductor Drostan Hall.

Repertoire

Suite for Solo violin, viola and strings by Atterberg
Ellen Maloney, violin and Max Lowery, viola
Watch brilliant videos of Ellen and Max here.

Concertino for Viola by Max Lowery
Aditi Prakash, viola

Brook Green Suite Holst
Conducted by Ellin Liu

Bartok Rumanian Dances

Warlock Capriol Suite


Academy Orchestra Members

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Joe Brackmann, Kaylin Liu, Ashwin Moses, Madeline Abel, Justin Pham
Luca Warren, Christian Guillermo, Amelia Piscitelli, Joshua Leak, Sophia Radovic


May 7 Concert Soloists and Artists

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Aditi Prakash, Ellen Maloney, Max Lowery, Ellin Liu

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Brook Green Suite by Holst

Conducted by Ellin Liu

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Watch Ellin perform on harpsichord as part of the Academy Quattro here.

Ellin Liu is 11 years old, 6th grade from Hill Middle School. She has been studying conducting for almost two years. Ellin has conducted Western Spring Suzuki orchestra in Hammerschmidt Chapel, Elmhurst and Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville.  Her current conducting teachers are Mr. Sung Han and Mr. Victor Yampolsky from Northwestern University. In addition to her conducting, Ellin also studies piano with Pawel Checinski.  She loves and very much appreciates being the keyboard player (both harpsichord and piano) of the Camerata Chicago Academy over the last 18 months, and is enjoying the opportunity of conducting the Camerata Chicago Academy, mentored by Maestro Drostan Hall.  Aside from music, Ellin loves to make new friends, travel to different places and read comic books.

 

Lowery Concertino for Viola and Strings

Performed by Aditi Prakash.

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Aditi Prakash, Viola

Aditi Prakash began her musical studies at the age of four under the direction of Nancy Jackson, at the Western Spring School of Talent Education. Since then, she has been a part of many ensembles along with the Camerata Chicago Academy, including the Allegro!!! String ensemble, the Chicago Consort, the Elgin Youth Symphony, and the Bella Corda advanced string ensemble at Naperville North High School. With these groups, she has travelled both nationally and internationally to places such as St. Louis, Atlanta, Seattle, China, and Greece.

In 2013, Prakash began to study under the direction of Tom Wermuth. Since then, she received the Lawrence and Betty Wermuth Memorial Scholarship in May 2015. Her musical career soon became strongly influenced by chamber music, as she acted as first violin for the Maud Powell String Quartet at the Elgin Youth Symphony, as well as first violin in the Mendelssohn and Daughters String Quartet at Naperville North. With these groups, she has played music of composers such as Mozart, Grieg, and Brahms, and has acted as a soloist in Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, for string quartet and orchestra.

Additionally, she received first place in the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity Competition in 2013, Honorable Mention in the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Music Club Competition in 2014 and 2016, and in 2015, she soloed Wieniawski’s Concerto No. 2 in D Minor with her high school orchestra.

Most recently, Prakash participated in her third year at the ILMEA District and All-State festivals, in which she received Honors. Furthermore, she toured Seattle with her high school orchestra, where she was given the Maestro award for best soloist. Prakash plans to pursue music as a career as she enters her final year in high school.

 

Suite for Solo violin, viola and strings by Atterberg

Ellen Maloney (violin) and Max Lowery (viola)

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Ellen Maloney, Concertmaster

Max Lowery, Principal Viola

In Addition to Ellen Maloney’s current position as Concertmaster for Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra, she is also a member of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, CYSO Chamber Music Program, Glenbard West Orchestra and Glenbard West String Quartet. Read Ellen’s full biography. Ellen played with the professional Camerata Chicago in 2015 with our Sylvia McNair series at the Wheaton College Artist Series.

Max Lowery, Composer and Principal Viola, performed the Telemann Viola concerto with the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra in May 2015, to great acclaim. His musical talents will continue to delight the audience at Academy concerts as a composer following his great success with Symphony No 1 performed on December 19, 2015.

Watch some brilliant videos of Ellen performing Bach and Max performing Telemann.

Max’s latest work is a Concertino for viola and strings to be performed with considerable panache by Aditi Prakash with the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra! Recently Max was invited to participate in professional Camerata Chicago’s Rising Star Series. Here he is in rehearsal on April 28, 2016:

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Academy Concerti Festival

Saturday December 19, 2015 at 7:30pm
CAMERATA CHICAGO ACADEMY ORCHESTRA

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Wheaton, Gary Methodist Church

Get Tickets for the December 19 concert

The Academy presents its ‘Concerti Festival’, the fall semester concert
of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra.

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Photo: (Clockwise) Ellen Maloney; Kaylin Liu; Amanda Lozano; Max Lowery; Justin Pham; Hannah Novak; Amelia Piscitelli; Kendra Standish.

The string chamber orchestra comprises advanced high school students who play to a very high standard under the direction of conductor Drostan Hall.

Repertoire

Bach Double Violin Concerto
Amelia Piscitelli and Kaylin Liu

Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins
Ellen Maloney, Justin Pham,
Amelia Piscitelli and Kaylin Liu

Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos
Amanda Lozano and Kendra Standish

Larsson Concertino for Double Bass and Strings
Hannah Novak

Lowery Symphony No 1
Composed by Max Lowery, Principal Viola

Get Tickets for the December 19 concert