Camerata Chicago Academy


The Camerata Chicago Academy was founded in 2014 and there are two orchestras comprising advanced students.

The Academy Orchestra: Advanced high-school students play as a string orchestra.

The Junior Academy: Students aged 8 – 12 playing as a small chamber ensemble.

Camerata Chicago Academy provides a marvelous opportunity for young musicians to perform in a professional atmosphere under the direction of an internationally known conductor, Drostan Hall, Camerata Chicago’s Music Director, who has 25 years of experience of training aspiring young musicians. The objective of the Academy orchestra is to achieve a very high level of music making to produce a disciplined and professional sound, allowing young musicians to learn to work together.

For ten years Maestro Hall conducted the Baroque Festival Orchestra, an accomplished training orchestra for students. Known for its high level, the orchestra garnered two invitations to perform on the WFMT radio show Introductions.

The Academy orchestra is very similar in size and scope to the BFO (see photo below). I invite you to listen to this live broadcast from WFMT’s Introductions of the BFO performing Frolicksome Finale from Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony. This broadcast illustrates the experience you will receive in the Camerata Chicago Academy.

Academy Schedule

Download the Academy 2019 Fall Semester Schedule

The Academy Orchestra

Location: Gary Methodist Church, 224 North Main Street, Wheaton, IL 60187
Dates: 2019 Fall Semester start date September 7, 2019 and subsequent Saturdays
Rehearsal Times: All rehearsals take place on Saturdays 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Junior Academy

Location: St. John Lutheran Church, Wheaton, IL 60187
Dates: September 6, 2019 and subsequent Fridays.
Rehearsal Times: All rehearsals take place on Fridays 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Concert Details

The Academy works towards high quality performances each Fall and Spring. The 2019 Fall Semester Concert for the Academy Orchestra and the Junior Academy ensemble takes place on December 7, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church, Wheaton.

See current concerts on our ticket system. Tickets for Academy concerts are only $15 and concertgoers aged 16 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.

Repertoire: Featured repertoire includes music from the Baroque and classical periods and the string orchestra literature. On occasion, sectional rehearsals will be coached by a member of Camerata Chicago. Additionally, solo opportunities will be given to the most outstanding members of the ensemble and outside guest artists may be invited to solo with the orchestra.

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To audition for the Academy, please contact us here, or call 630-221-5555.


The Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra is the official
Ensemble in Residence at Gary Methodist Church, Wheaton:

Gary Methodist Church
224 North Main Street
Wheaton, IL60187

Academy 2019 Fall Concert


The Academy Orchestra. Photo Credit: Luca WarrenEnjoy 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 Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Mozart’s Symphony No. 15.

They are joined by the Junior Academy, a second, smaller ensemble of students aged 8 – 14, who will play the Kuchler Concertino in G Major with young Junior Academy soloist Aleksia Nenadovich.

Purchase $15 Tickets for the Dec 7 Academy Concert

Tickets are only $15
Concertgoers aged 16 and under admitted free

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.

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.

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.

Adult tickets are only $15, children are free.

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.

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.


  • Bach Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor
    – with harpsichord soloist Kate Johnston.
  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
    – three movements.
  • Mozart Symphony No. 15
    – three movements.
  • Kuchler Concertino in G Major violin
    – with Aleksia Nenadovich accompanied by the Junior Academy Ensemble.


  • Kate Johnston, harpsichord
  • Aleksia Nenadovich, violin

Soloists: Kate Johnston, harpsichord and Aleksia Nenadovich, violin

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 Academy Orchestra.

2018 Junior Academy Photo credit: Luca Warren (c) 2018

Charlotte Ries, Abby Gordeuk, Kate Johnston, Iselin Byars, Sylvia Byars, Aleksia Nenadovich, Drostan Hall, Eva Dalmas, Lawrence Hall, Audrianna Hall, Ian Dalmas.

The Academy Orchestra

The Academy Orchestra November 2018

From Left: Kate Johnston, Luca Warren, Natasha Ninan, Mark Gordeuk, Tabitha Rea, Drostan Hall, Ananya Moses, Kevin Shi, Audrianna Hall, Cameron Fuller, Amelia Piscitelli (Concert Master), Sylvia Byars. Photo kindly provided by our cellist and resident photographer Luca Warren (c) 2018


Children go for free!

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Camerata Chicago Academy Roster

Academy Orchestra
Musicians Roster

Amelia Piscitelli
Kevin Shi
Tabitha Rea
Ananya Moses
Audrianna Hall
Abby Gordeuk

Sylvia Byars

Luca Warren
Charlotte Ries

Lawrence Hall

Kate Johnston

Junior Academy
Musicians Roster

Ian Dalmas
Audrianna Hall
Abby Gordeuk
Lola Henry
Aleksia Nenadovich
Helen Gordeuk
Eva Dalmas

Sylvia Byars

Charlotte Ries
Iselin Byars
Bella Boehme

Lawrence Hall

Kate Johnston

Academy 2018 Videos

Academy 2018 Videos

Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins

Amelia Piscitelli | Kevin Shi | Tabitha Rea | Ananya Moses

December 14, 2018: Wheaton

Bach Double Violin Concerto

Amelia Piscitelli, violin | Kevin Shi, violin

December 14, 2018: Wheaton

Vivaldi Concerto No. 11 for Two Violins and Cello

Amelia Piscitelli, violin | Kevin Shi, violin | Luca Warren, Cello

May 5, 2018: Wheaton

Svendsen Romance for Violin & Orchestra

Academy Concert Master Amelia Piscitelli
performs with the full professional
Camerata Chicago orchestra.

October 14, 2016: Chicago

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Academy 2018 Photos

Academy Concert Master Amelia Piscitelli

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

Virtuoso 17 year old violinist Amelia Piscitelli is Concert Master of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra and has performed with our professional orchestra many times.

Academy 2017

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

Photo taken on November 19, 2017 by photogrpaher Thomas Hurley, Wheaton.

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