Camerata Chicago Academy
The Camerata Chicago Academy was founded in 2014 and there are two orchestras comprising advanced students.
The Senior Academy Orchestra: Advanced high-school students aged 12 – 18 play as a string orchestra.
The Junior Academy Ensemble: Students aged 8 – 14 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.
The Academy has a faculty of staff who coach students in various formats such as on-to-one, quartets, quintets and sectionals.
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.
Senior Academy Orchestra
Dates: 2021 Winter/Spring Semester start date January 11, 2021 and subsequent Mondays
Rehearsal Times: All rehearsals take place on Mondays 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Gary Methodist Church, 224 North Main Street, Wheaton, IL 60187 (location in normal times).
Junior Academy Ensemble
Dates: 2021 Winter/Spring Semester start date January 8, 2021 and subsequent Fridays.
Rehearsal Times: All rehearsals take place on Fridays 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Location: St. John Lutheran Church, Wheaton, IL 60187 (location in normal times).
The Academy works towards high quality performances each Fall and Spring.
Instead of a concert for the 2020 fall semester we held professional recording sessions on December 18, 2020 and released the finished videos on this website.
The 2019 Fall Semester Concert for the Academy Orchestra and the Junior Academy ensemble took place on December 7, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church, Wheaton. We are aiming to have a concert for the Spring 2021 Semester if possible!
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