Academy

Camerata Chicago Academy

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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.

Location

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

Camerata Chicago Academy Roster

Academy Orchestra
Musicians Roster

Violins
Amelia Piscitelli
Kevin Shi
Tabitha Rea
Ananya Moses
Natasha Ninan

Viola
Mark Gordeuk
Sylvia Byars

Cello
Luca Warren

Bass
Cameron Fuller

Harpsichord
Kate Johnston

Junior Academy
Musicians Roster

Violins
Audrianna Hall
Abby Gordeuk
Ian Dalmas
Alexsia Nenadovich
Eva Dalmas
Lola Henry
Adelaide Carter

Viola
Sylvia Byars

Cello
Charlotte Ries
Iselin Byars

Bass
Lawrence Hall

Harpsichord
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 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.

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