2023 Academy Fall Concert

Academy Orchestra Concert

4 PM, NOVEMBER 19, 2023
First Presbyterian Church

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The Academy Fall Concert will take place on November 19 and will feature the Telemann Viola Concerto performed by Helen Gordeuk.

There will be short illustrations and introductions and lyrical works. The Academy Orchestra will perform Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony and the Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins with four excellent soloists –

  • Amelia Piscitelli
  • Sarra Gadzhieva
  • Audrianna Hall
  • Heide Brazier

You will be delighted to hear some classic chamber music in this concert – a Haydn Piano Trio with violinist Audrianna Hall, pianist Ian Barshinger and cellist Zoe Douthit.

The Academy was featured in 2021 on the 98.7 WFMT radio show Introductions.

Enjoy a delightful afternoon for only $20 a ticket. Students (16+) can attend for $5 and children can attend for free!

Pictured: Violist Helen Gordeuk who will perform the Telemann Viola Concerto.

Pictured: Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins soloists Amelia Piscitelli, Sarra Gadzhieva, Audrianna Hall and Heide Brazier.

Academy orchestra: Amelia Piscitelli Concertmaster, Aleksia Nenadovich, Sarra Gadzhieva, Tabitha Rea, Audrianna Hall, Laine Van Cleave, Heide Brazier, Maestro Drostan Hall, Joanna Nerius (viola, faculty), Helen Gordeuk (viola), Ian Barshinger (Harpsichord), Zoe Douthit (Faculty).

Camerata Chicago Academy Piano Trio: Ian Barshinger (piano, middle), Audrianna Hall (violin, left), Zoe Douthit (cello, right, 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.