Camerata Chicago Academy

Academy News

As well as our professional orchestra, Camerata Chicago runs an Academy of young musicians who perform to a very high standard.

July 2020: Amelia Piscitelli 98.7WFMT Introductions radio show Podcast

August 2020: We are arranging auditions for young musicians who would like to join the Academy.

Further information below!

98.7WFMT Podcast of Introductions Show with Amelia Piscitelli

The podcast of the 98.7WFMT Introductions radio show with Amelia Piscitelli, Concertmaster of the Academy Orchestra, is now available. The show was broadcast on Saturday July 18 and  profiled Introductions alum Amelia Piscitelli, currently between her freshman and sophomore years at college. Robbie Ellis presenter and producer looked back at her Introductions recital as a 15-year-old in 2016, as well as her work as concertmaster and soloist with two orchestras under the Camerata Chicago banner.

Amelia Piscitelli graduated as Salutatorian from Hammond Baptist High School in Schererville, Indiana in 2019. She is currently enrolled as a Music Performance major at Hyles-Anderson College, a Bible college in Crown Point, Indiana. Amelia has studied violin with Stephanie Allen and Debbie Edwards, and currently studied with Drostan Hall. She joined the Camerata Chicago Academy in 2015 and has been Concertmaster of the Academy Orchestra since 2017. She appeared live on WFMT’s Introductions in 2016. She has appeared as a soloist with Camerata Chicago on multiple occasions, including performing Vivaldi’s complete Four Seasons and recording them for DMD Records. She has also been Concertmaster of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra since 2017.

Amelia, Camerata Chicago, and the Joffrey Ballet are set to collaborate on another performance of the Four Seasons, with world-premier choreography, as part of the Wheaton College Artist Series in January 2021.

PODCAST Playlist

Melodie, from Orphée et Euridice, by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Amelia Piscitelli, violin
Cindy Trowbridge, piano
First broadcast December 3, 2016

Symphony No. 15 in G, K. 124, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
I. Allegro
Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra
Drostan Hall, conductor
Performed December 7, 2019

Violin Sonata No. 4 in D, HWV 371, by George Frideric Handel
I. Affetuoso
II. Allegro
Amelia Piscitelli, violin
Cindy Trowbridge, piano
First broadcast December 3, 2016

“Autumn” from The Four Seasons, by Antonio Vivaldi
Amelia Piscitelli, violin
Steve Robinson, narrator
Camerata Chicago
Drostan Hall, conductor
Released on DMD Classics DMD-03152019

Academy 2019 Fall Concert



The Academy Orchestra performing at Gary United Methodist Church where they are the official Ensemble-in-Residence.

December 7 Concert Program

Enjoy the beautiful playing of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra comprising excellent young musicians who will perform three concerti.

– Kate Johnston will perform the Bach Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor with the Academy Orchestra, led by concert master Amelia Piscitelli.

– The Academy Orchestra will perform Movt. 1 from Mozart’s Symphony No. 15 and the Academy Chamber Ensemble (six musicians) will perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.

– They are joined by the Junior Academy, a second, smaller ensemble of younger students, who will play the Kuchler Concertino in G Major with young Junior Academy soloist Aleksia Nenadovich.

Purchase $15 Tickets for the December 7 Academy Concert on our ticket system

Tickets are only $15
Students: $5
Concertgoers aged 16 and under
admitted free with online ticket

Video Clip: Mozart Symphony

Watch this fabulous short video clip of the marvelous Academy Orchestra performing Movt. 1 from Mozart’s Symphony No. 15 recorded on November 17, 2019: (60 seconds)

Video courtesy of Carol Johnston. Filmed at Gary United Methodist Church, Wheaton.

Concert Repertoire

  • Bach Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor
    Movt. 1 with harpsichord soloist Kate Johnston and the Academy Orchestra.
  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
    Three movements performed by the Academy Chamber Ensemble comprising Amelia Piscitelli (violin), Tabitha Rea (violin), Sylvia Byars (viola), Luca Warren (‘cello movt. 2 & 3), Charlotte Ries (‘cello movt. 1), Lawrence Hall (double bass) and Kate Johnston (harpsichord).
  • Mozart Symphony No. 15
    Movt. 1 with the Academy Orchestra.
  • Kuchler Concertino in G Major for Violin and Orchestra
    – Movt. 1 with violinist Aleksia Nenadovich accompanied by the Junior Academy.

Video Clip: Bach Harpsichord Concerto

Watch this amazing video clip of the Academy Orchestra and superb harpsichordist Kate Johnston performing Movt. 1 from Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor recorded on November 17, 2019: (90 Seconds)

Video courtesy of Ariane Hall. Filmed at Gary United Methodist Church, Wheaton.

Concert Soloists

  • Kate Johnston, harpsichord
  • Aleksia Nenadovich, violin

Kate Johnston, harpsichord; Aleksia Nenadovich, violin

December 7 Concert Information

The Saturday December 7 concert is extremely child friendly, is approximately 1 hour long or so, and there is a cookie reception following the performance during which you can meet and mingle with the artists. It is always a lot of fun.

Bring friends and most of all bring your children and grand-children – and please order 16 & Under tickets even though they are free. Seeing and hearing other young musicians perform in this kind of forum can be an amazing inspiration for them.

Adult tickets are only $15, children are free.

Purchase $15 Tickets for the December 7 Academy Concert on our ticket system

About the Camerata Chicago Academy

The Camerata Chicago Academy comprises two groups – the Academy Orchestra and the Junior Academy ensemble. They are all very talented young musicians who play at a very high level and have given much joy to audiences in the past.

Watch our collection of 15 excellent videos from the Academy Orchestra and Junior Academy Ensemble to see how excellent these musicians are – you will be amazed! See the Academy play the Bach Double Violin Concerto and watch the Junior Academy perform the Hornpipe from Handel’s Water Music and a Bach Minuet. (If you are on the Concerts page some videos are below.)

From Left: Amelia Piscitelli, Kevin Shi, Kate Johnston, Tabitha Rea, Audrianna Hall, Sylvia Byars, Drostan Hall, Lawrence Hall, Charlotte Ries, Luca Warren. Photo taken by Ariane Hall at Gary United Methodist Church, Wheaton

The Academy Orchestra

The Academy Orchestra (the ‘senior academy’) is proud to play with Concert Master Amelia Piscitelli, the 17 year old violin virtuoso, who has recorded the Vivaldi Four Seasons Educational Project with the Camerata Chicago professional orchestra. The CD recording is available for purchase in our online store, and is due to be released world wide.

Academy Orchestra 2019 Photo
From Left: Ananya Moses, Drostan Hall, Kevin Shi, Ian Dalmas, Kate Johnston, Abby Gordeuk, Tabitha Rea, Audrianna Hall, Sylvia Byars, Lawrence Hall, Charlotte Ries, Luca Warren. Photo taken by Ariane Hall at Gary United Methodist Church, Wheaton

The Junior Academy

The Junior Academy has been going for several years and made its performance debut at the Academy’s Christmas 2017 concert. Some members perform in both the Junior Academy Ensemble and the Senior Academy orchestra.

From left to right: Lawrence Hall, Iselin Byars, Charlotte Ries, Helen Gordeuk, Bella Boehme, Aleksia Nenadovich, Ian Dalmas, Eva Dalmas, Sylvia Byars, Lola Henry, Kate Johnston, Audrianna Hall. Photo kindly provided by our Senior Academy cellist and resident photographer Luca Warren (c) 2019.

Purchase $15 Tickets for the December 7 Academy Concert on our ticket system

Children go for free!

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