2022 Academy Christmas Concert

Academy Orchestra Concert

4 PM, DECEMBER 18, 2022
St. John Lutheran Church

The Academy Fall Semester Concert will take place on December 18 and will feature performances of works from C.P.E. Bach, Sibelius, Glazunov and Copland with amazing violin soloists Amelia Piscitelli and Tabitha Rea.

Enjoy an excellent selection of Christmas Carols to celebrate the festive season.

The Academy was featured last year on the 98.7 WFMT radio show Introductions.

Enjoy a delightful afternoon for only $20 a ticket and children can attend for free!

Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra with soloists Amelia Piscitelli and Tabitha ReaPictured: Concert Master and Soloist Amelia Piscitelli (Top left), and Soloist Tabitha Rea (Bottom left) with the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra.

Tabitha Rea will perform a C.P.E. Bach Concerto

Amelia Piscitelli will perform Glanunov


Meditation Glazunov

C. P. E. Bach

Sibelius: Andante Festivo

Copland Hoe down

Selection of Christmas Carols



Concerts 2022 - 2023

2022 Academy Orchestra Christmas Concert
Performances of works by C.P.E. Bach, Sibelius, Glazunov and Copland with amazing violin soloists Amelia Piscitelli and Tabitha Rea and a selection of Christmas Carols arranged for orchestra.
DEC 18, 2022 Wheaton Tickets | Information
2023 Soprano Katherine Petersen
Soprano Katherine Petersen performs Les Illuminations by Benjamin Britten with Camerata Chicago.
APR 21, 2023 Chicago NEIU Tickets | Information (NEIU Website)
APR 22, 2023 Wheaton Tickets | Information
APR 23, 2023 Naperville Tickets | Information

Sustaining Sponsor
Deby and Jamie Fellowes

Sponsored by James and Deby Fellowes

Recent Concerts

2022 Handel’s Messiah
Our Annual festive family-friendly series of the Messiah Part I Christmas Portion by Handel with Zadok the Priest and sing-along Hallelujah Chorus with the Camerata Chicago Orchestra and Choir and four world class soloists, including Peter Van De Graaff of 98.7WFMT.
NOV 11, 2022 Chicago Tickets | Information
NOV 12, 2022 Wheaton Tickets | Information
NOV 13, 2022 Naperville Tickets | Information

Download the Messiah Program Book PDF (Updated)

Download the Hallelujah Chorus Lyrics PDF

Download the Messiah Libretto PDF

Or Messiah Libretto Web page here

Series Sponsor
Generously sponsored by Tyndale House Foundation.

Camerata Chicago Academy Roster

Senior Academy Orchestra
Musicians Roster

Violin I
Amelia Piscitelli, concertmaster
Tabitha Rea
Audrianna Hall
Abby Edwards
Helen Gordeuk

Violin II
Ian Dalmas
Adelaide Carter
Heide Brazier
Mimi Jones

Eva Dalmas
Grace Plata
Joanna Nerius *

Charlotte Ries
Gerrit Vandershoot
Wren Page

Aaron Policastro *

Junior Academy Orchestra
Musicians Roster

Violin I
Aleksia Nenadovich, concertmaster
Audrianna Hall

Violin II
Amelia Piscitelli *
Laine Van Cleave

Clara Skarin
Netalia Nenadovich
Lucia Jackson

Walter Skarin

* Faculty

Academy Biography

Founded in 2014, the Camerata Chicago Academy is an elite chamber orchestra program comprising advanced students. The Academy provides a marvelous opportunity for young musicians to perform in a professional atmosphere with the Camerata Chicago faculty which manifests the educational spirit of Camerata Chicagoís founder and Music Director Drostan Hall. Maestro Hall has thirty years experience training aspiring young musicians. Many of the Academy’s members plan to study music at university and subsequently go on to have professional careers in music.

The Senior Academy Orchestra

The Junior Academy Orchestra

Amelia Piscitelli, violin

Amelia Piscitelli graduated as Salutatorian from Hammond Baptist High School (Schererville, IN) in May 2019. She is currently enrolled as a Music Performance major at Hyles-Anderson College, a Bible college in Crown Point, IN. Amelia has played violin since 2005 and began to study violin seriously with Stephanie Allen in 2008. From 2009-2014 her violin studies continued with Debbie Edwards (Downers Grove Suzuki Strings) followed by Drostan Hall (Hall School of Music) from 2014 to the present.

She joined Camerata Chicago Academy in 2015 and has been Concertmaster since 2017. In December 2016 she performed live on WFMT’s Introductions (Chicago, IL). Since then her professional experience with Camerata Chicago has also included solo opportunities. Her professional solo debut performing the Svendsen Romance in 2016; performing the Bach Double with Mathias Tacke in 2017; soloist for Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in 2017 and 2018; soloist as part of the Wheaton College Artist Series in 2019. DMD Records recently released her first solo recording in July 2019 of the Vivaldi Four Seasons. She is often requested to participate in vocal groups at FBC Hammond as a violinist and vocalist.

Academy 2020 Videos

Recording Session December 18, 2020

Senior Academy

There are 8 Videos in this playlist:

1 Bach A minor Violin Concerto BWV 1041 Movt 1
Soloist – Tabitha Rea

2 Beethoven Piano Quartet in C major, WoO 36 No. 1 Movt 1.
Soloist – Kate Johnston

Expanded for string orchestra

Mozart Symphony No 15 in G Major

3 Movt 1 Allegro
4 Movt 2 Andante
5 Movt 3 Minuet & Trio
6 Movt 4 Presto

7 Mascagni Intermezzo for Cavaliera Rusticana

8 Shostakovich Waltz No. 2

(From Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra)

Junior Academy

There are 3 Videos in this playlist:

1 Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.4 Movt. 3
2 Kuchler Concertino in D Movt. 1
3 Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.4 Movt. 3 – Section Principals

Junior Academy Section Principals
Audrianna Hall
Helen Gordeuk
Eva Dalmas
Iselin Byars
Lawrence Hall

For more Academy videos head over to Academy Videos.

98.7 WFMT Broadcast: Academy featured on Introductions show

The WFMT radio show Introductions is to feature the Academy Orchestra. The show will be broadcast on Saturday, March 27 at 11 am by Robbie Ellis, Presenter and Producer. The show will air our recent recordings of Mozart’s Symphony No 15 and Shostakovich and an interview with Academy member Patience Smith.

WFMT 98.7 Logo

The Senior and Junior Academy orchestras were professionally recorded on December 18 as part of the Camerata Chicago Academy classroom learning program. This performance was recorded without an audience in place of an end of semester concert.