Academy Biography

Founded in 2014, the Camerata Chicago Academy is an elite chamber orchestra program comprising advanced students. The Academy provides a marvelous opportunity for young musicians to perform in a professional atmosphere with the Camerata Chicago faculty which manifests the educational spirit of Camerata Chicagoís founder and Music Director Drostan Hall. Maestro Hall has thirty years experience training aspiring young musicians. Many of the Academy’s members plan to study music at university and subsequently go on to have professional careers in music.

The Senior Academy Orchestra

The Junior Academy Orchestra

Amelia Piscitelli, violin

Amelia Piscitelli graduated as Salutatorian from Hammond Baptist High School (Schererville, IN) in May 2019. She is currently enrolled as a Music Performance major at Hyles-Anderson College, a Bible college in Crown Point, IN. Amelia has played violin since 2005 and began to study violin seriously with Stephanie Allen in 2008. From 2009-2014 her violin studies continued with Debbie Edwards (Downers Grove Suzuki Strings) followed by Drostan Hall (Hall School of Music) from 2014 to the present.

She joined Camerata Chicago Academy in 2015 and has been Concertmaster since 2017. In December 2016 she performed live on WFMT’s Introductions (Chicago, IL). Since then her professional experience with Camerata Chicago has also included solo opportunities. Her professional solo debut performing the Svendsen Romance in 2016; performing the Bach Double with Mathias Tacke in 2017; soloist for Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in 2017 and 2018; soloist as part of the Wheaton College Artist Series in 2019. DMD Records recently released her first solo recording in July 2019 of the Vivaldi Four Seasons. She is often requested to participate in vocal groups at FBC Hammond as a violinist and vocalist.

2021 Academy Summer Camp Concert

JULY 31, 2021
Dunham Woods Riding Club, Wayne

The Academy Summer Camp Concert will feature baroque concerti and string orchestra classics performed by both the Camerata Chicago Senior and Junior Academy Orchestras.

Students will have enjoyed a summer camp for the previous week at a country estate rehearsing with the Music Director and Academy faculty, as well as participating in a variety of activities.

  • Enjoy a summer afternoon of fabulous music followed by
  • a cocktail reception
  • dinner! More details below.
  • Livestream option available.


You will be delighted by the Telemann Viola Concerto performed by Academy violist Sylvia Byars.

The Senior Academy Orchestra will also perform the famous St. Paul Suite by Holst and the fabulous Shostakovich Waltz No. 2.

You will enjoy the Corelli Concerto Grosso No 4 in D Major and an arrangement of Borodin’s Polovtsian Dance performed by the Junior Academy Orchestra.

In addition, our Academy Concertmaster Amelia Piscitelli, violist Sylvia Byars, principal cellist Charlotte Ries and pianist Kate Johnston will perform Beethoven’s Piano Quartet in C major, WoO 36 No. 1.

Sylvia Byars, viola and soloist performing the Telemann Viola Concerto

The Senior Academy Orchestra

The Junior Academy Orchestra


  • Adult and 16 & Under tickets include the Concert and the post-concert Reception.
  • VIP and VIP 16 & Under tickets include the Concert, Reception and also Dinner.
  • Livestream tickets now available. We will send you a link prior to the concert.

Ordering Tickets: If you would like to attend dinner please order your VIP tickets and choose your menu no later than July 23. 16 & Under dinner consists of chicken tenders and fries.

To choose your menu write to us at the email address you receive at checkout.

Event Program July 31

2:30 pm Doors Open
3:00 pm Concert
4:30 pm Cocktail Hour
5:30 pm Dinner

Dinner Menu

Once you have booked your tickets please let us know your menu choices for each person attending by July 23.

Chicken Piccata
Angel Hair, Grilled Asparagus, Capers, Lemon Butter Sauce

Grilled Flank Steak
Roasted Cremini Mushrooms, Grilled Broccoli, Chimichurri Sauce

Vegetarian Fondue
Asparagus, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Peppers, Goat Cheese & Béchamel Sauce

Kids Chicken Tenders
Served with French Fries

All Entrées come with House or Caesar Salad.
Wine Pour included with Dinner (House Chardonnay & House Cabernet)
Soda, Tea, Coffee are included.

Meals will be served family style at table.

Concert Venue: Dunham Woods Riding Club


33w333 Army Trail Road
Wayne, IL 60184

The July 31 Summer Camp Concert at 3 p.m. takes place at the Dunham Woods Riding Club set in beautiful grounds in Wayne. The lawn looks onto a patio at Corky’s next to the club. Concert tickets holders are invited to the Champagne Reception at 4:30pm. Those attending dinner will be served at 5:30pm.

Visit the Dunham Woods Riding Club website.

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.