2021 Academy Spring Semester Concert

MAY 14, 2021

The Academy Spring Concert will take place on May 14 and will feature performances from both the Senior and Junior Academy Orchestras.

You will be delighted by Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture, the Capuzzi Double Bass Concerto performed by Lawrence Hall and the Danse Macabre by Saint-Saëns.

Enjoy Pachelbel’s Canon and the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel performed by the Junior Academy. They will also entertain you with the Pavane by Fauré and a Rondeau by Mauret.

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

The Senior Academy Orchestra

The Junior Academy Orchestra

Full Repertoire

Senior Academy Orchestra

Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre
Rossini Overture to the Barber of Seville
Capuzzi Concerto for Double Bass

Junior Academy Orchestra

Pachelbel Canon
Fauré Pavane
Mauret Rondeau
Handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

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.

Lawrence Hall, Double Bass

Capuzzi Double Bass Concerto

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.

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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.

Violin Concerti & Serenades with Rika Seko

March 19, 2021
6pm CDT
PianoForte Studios, Chicago

Rika Seko,violin
Camerata Chicago Chamber Ensemble

Fabulous violinist Rika Seko will perform the Bach Violin Concerto in E Major, the Schubert Rondo and Wagner Traume with our Camerata Chicago Chamber Ensemble, which will also perform the Ambrose Hall String Serenade.


Chamber Ensemble
Mathias Tacke,violin – Songhea Sackrider, violin
Istvan Loga, viola – Christopher Ferrer, cello
Dan Carson, bass – William Billingham, keyboard


There are only 25 physical audience tickets available.


Top row: Rika Seko, solo violin; Middle row: Mathias Tacke, Concert Master & violin; Songhea Sackrider, violin; Istvan Loga, viola; Bottom row: Christopher Ferrer, cello; Dan Carson, Bass; William Billingham, Keyboard

Rika Seko, violin

After graduating from Tokyo University of Arts, Rika Seko began her professional career in Bogota, Colombia in 1986, first as guest Concertmaster of the Colombia Symphony, then as Assistant Concertmaster in the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra. During that time, she performed over 20 different concertos, from Baroque to Contemporary Repertoire, and gave numerous recitals in Latin America.

Since moving to Chicago in 1994 Rika has appeared with many Chicago-area orchestras including Chicago Philharmonic, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Camerata Chicago. As soloist she has performed with Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra (WI) and Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra (IL). She gave the Colombian premier performance of Serenade by Bernstein in 2006.

Currently she is Concertmaster at Elmhurst Symphony and a member of Grant Park Music Festival Symphony, Music of the Baroque, Fulcrum Point New Music Project and Associate Concert Master of Camerata Chicago.

Ambrose Hall, composer

Ambrose Hall has been composing since the age of 7. Born in 1970, he has written various works for orchestra, notably Fantasia at the age of 14 and Zap for Orchestra at the age 24. He composed the String Serenade originally as a quintet and it was first performed in Ipswich, England in 1988. Ambrose studied with the late Sir Charles Mackerras and interviewed him shortly before his death in 2010, which can be heard on MackerrasLegacy.com. Ambrose Hall received his Masters in Music (M.Mus Conducting) from the University of East Anglia, England in 2010. Currently Ambrose is working on a series of Albums in popular genres as well as classical works. Many of his works and performances are available on soundcloud and Youtube. Ambrose has played internationally as a virtuoso jazz pianist.

Camerata Chicago Chamber Ensemble Artists

Mathias Tacke – Concert Master, Violin

Mathias Tacke is Concert Master of Camerata Chicago and was the second violinist of the acclaimed Vermeer Quartet, Chicago from 1992 until 2007. He is Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Northern Illinois University and Guest Lecturer for String Chamber Music at Northwestern University. Mathias was appointed Concertmaster of Camerata Chicago in the summer of 2008. … read more.

Songhea Sackrider – Violin

Songhea Sackrider received her Bachelors degree in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan and a Masters degree in Violin Performance from Northwestern University. She has been a member of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Arts Orchestra and guest principal and soloist with the Kalamazoo Symphony and is a recipient of the Kapnick Scholar Fellowship with the Civic Orchestra and Northwestern University. Songhea is on faculty at the New Music School, Chicago School of Music, Elmhurst Music Academy and GEMS World Academy and is a longtime member of Camerata Chicago.

Istvan Loga – Viola

Istvan Loga has followed his passion for classical music across borders. At the George Enesco School of Music under the guidance of Professor Alexander Gavaller he won numerous prestigious awards and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. In 2010 he studied with the Cordis Quartet at Nederland’s Strijkkwartet Academie under Stefan Metz (Orlando Quartet) and Marc Danel (Quatuor Danel). Istvan performed alongside world-renowned pianist Martha Argerich … read more.

Christopher Ferrer – Principal Cello, Continuo

Cellist Christopher Ferrer is Principal Cellist of Camerata Chicago and a member of Lakeshore Rush. From 2013-2014 he worked as principal cellist for the West Side Story North American Tour. Christopher attended the Royal College of Music in London and Northern Illinois University. While in high school, he was a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Encore Chamber Orchestra. … read more.


Dan Carson, Bass

Dan Carson is a freelance bassist and teacher based in Chicago. Dan earned his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, as well as his Master’s degree from the University of Southern California. Carson served as Principal Bass of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham from 2013-16. He has since performed with many of America’s premier orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Carson is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate at the University of Southern California, studying with David Allen Moore, renowned double bass pedagogue and member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

William Billingham, keyboard

Pianist William Billingham has served as an Assistant Conductor at the Lyric Opera of Chicago since 1995. He has assisted in the preparation of over 75 productions, playing for rehearsals, coaching singers, conducting offstage musicians, and performing on the piano onstage, organ in the loft, and harpsichord in the pit. William has also worked as a coach and accompanist for the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Cleveland Orchestra, Florentine Opera (Milwaukee, WI), Los Angeles Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. Active as a chamber musician, he is a frequent collaborator with singers and instrumentalists. … read more.