Academy 2019 Spring Concert


The Academy Orchestra. Photo Credit: Luca WarrenEnjoy the beautiful playing of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra comprising excellent young musicians who will perform Handel’s Water Music.

Cameron Fuller will perform the Capuzzi Double Bass Concerto with the Academy Orchestra. They are joined by the Junior Academy, a second, smaller ensemble of students aged 8 – 14, who will play the Vivaldi Violin Concerto Opus 7 No. 11 with young Academy soloist Tabitha Rea.

Purchase $15 Tickets for the May 4 Academy Concert

Purchase $15 Tickets for the May 4 Academy Concert

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 will be released world wide and will be available in many schools in the Wheaton and West Chicago area.

Saturday’s 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. Seeing and hearing other young musicians perform in this kind of forum can be an amazing inspiration for them.

Watch the videos to see how excellent these musicians are – you will be amazed! See the Academy play the Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins and the Bach Double Violin Concerto; watch the Junior Academy perform the Hornpipe from Handel’s Water Music and a Bach Minuet.


  • Capuzzi Double Bass Concerto
    – with double bass soloist Cameron Fuller, who graduates this year.
  • Handel Water Music Suite
    – 15 numbers including the famous Air and Hornpipe.
  • Vivaldi Violin Concerto Opus 7 No. 11
    – with Tabitha Rea accompanied by the Junior Academy Ensemble.


  • Cameron Fuller, double bass
  • Tabitha Rea, violin

Academy Soloists Tabitha Rea and Cameron Fuller

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, Alexsia 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

Purchase $15 Tickets for the May 4 Academy Concert

Purchase $15 Tickets for the May 4 Academy Concert

Children go for free!

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Susan Saylor – Flute

Susan Saylor PhotoSusan Saylor is an active soloist and chamber musician who has performed throughout North America and Europe. She is currently principal flutist of Camerata Chicago, Metropolis Symphony, Handel Week Festival Orchestra, Kithara Trio and a founding member of the Mozart Project.

She performs regularly with Broadway in Chicago, The Paramount Theater in Aurora, St. Charles Singers, Valparaiso Bach Institute, Chicago Chorale, Milwaukee Symphony, “Live from Studio One” WFMT radio broadcasts, and has played in the back up band for Ray Charles and Pacquito DʼRivera. She has recorded with the Milwaukee Symphony, Camerata Chicago, NuClassix Chamber Players, St. Charles Singers, GIA music publishing house and numerous radio and TV commercials. She has participated in both Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals and has played with the Boston and Philadelphia Orchestras.

Teaching is a passion for Susan; she has a private studio of more that 35 students ranging from elementary school through adult learners and gives master classes and clinics throughout the Chicago-land area. She is an avid gardener who loves to cook and dine with her friends in the Finer Things Club! She lives in Wheaton with her husband, Jonathan, (musicologist/bassoonist), and her two dachshunds, Star and Gracie.

Susan performs the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with Faye Seeman in our 2019 Mozart Series concerts.

Faye Seeman – Harp

Faye Seeman Photo by Cora MitchellFaye Seeman is principal harpist with the Chicago Sinfonietta Orchestra, and holds positions as professor of harp studies at both Wheaton College and Northern Illinois University. As founder of the “Kithara” flute (Susan Saylor), cello (Jill Kaeding) and harp trio, she has led the group to notoriety through highly successful performances in recitals throughout the Midwest.

Faye has distinguished herself as one of the most versatile harpists in the area, often venturing away from playing traditional classical repertoire. Together with her colleague steel pan virtuoso and professor at NIU Liam Teague, the dynamic musicians have reached out across boundaries yet unexplored in the musical community to form the Pangelic duo. From original compositions to arrangements of classical selections, the two creative forces have woven improvisation, poetry, and art into the fabric of their music-making.

A recent performance took them to the Trueblood Performing Arts Center in Door County, Wisconsin for the summer music festival on Washington Island. Faye’s niece, Emily Durham, wrote a poem for her undergraduate work at University of Pittsburgh titled “Hypolimnion”. Inspired by the power of the poem, Faye composed a piece for harp, steel pan and narrator based on this poem. The work was premiered at Wheaton College in November 2018 and is slated for several more performances in 2019. Always in search of new compositions for the duo, the Pangelic Duo has commissioned Chicago composer Gustavo Leone to write a concerto grosso, scheduled to premiere in Door County June 2019. In its original form, the piece will be written for harp, steel pan and piano accompaniment, with open improvisation for each instrument, then the duo improvising together in true baroque style. From there the piece will expand for harp, steel pan and chamber orchestra, then harp, steel pan and steel pan band.

One of Faye’s proudest accomplishments is the commission of a concerto for harp and orchestra in memory of her father, violinist and conductor, Ernest Seeman. Composer Gustavo Leone wrote the music which premiered in 2006 at the Birch Creek Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin.

Since then the work has been performed many times throughout the United States. Summers Faye is on the faculty of the Birch Creek Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin, and is a regular guest clinician and performer at the Midwest Harp Festival at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois. As a solo artist, Faye recorded her first CD in 2010 at Bastyr University Chapel in Seattle, Washington. The disc features several of her own compositions, along with transcribed classical and jazz favorites. Faye graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree, and earned a Master of Music Performance degree from Boston University, studying with the legendary harpist Lucile Lawrence.

Faye performs the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with Susan Saylor in our 2019 Mozart Series concerts.

Complete Bach Brandenburg Concerti

Complete Bach Brandenburg Concerti

St. James Cathedral

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Sponsored by Joyce Saxon

Camerata Chicago is thrilled to announce our new concert series inspired by the generosity of Joyce Saxon who has graciously underwritten this project.

Our first offering in the new annual Saxon Series is the monumental complete Brandenburg Concerti by Johann Sebastian Bach – six of the most famous concertos ever written. This series is in honor of Joyce Saxon.

A direct descendant of the Margrave of Brandenburg for whom Bach wrote this famous set of concerti will be present at the concert.

Performing soloists include renowned harpsichordist Jory Vinikour, violinist Mathias Tacke formerly of the Vermeer String Quartet and trumpeter Travis Heath, conducted by Maestro Drostan Hall. Enjoy the outstanding musical artistry of Camerata Chicago with this fabulous baroque program.
Complete Bach Brandenburg Concerti