Dr. Angela Santangelo
Director of Orchestras
Dr. Angela Santangelo is an active Conductor and Music Educator throughout the Cincinnati area. She comes to Sycamore from the Princeton City Schools where she served as Orchestra Director working with orchestras, grades 6-12, in addition to teaching International Baccalaureate Music.
Dr. Santangelo served as Music Director and Conductor for the Northern Kentucky University, NKU Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2010-2016. In this position, Santangelo worked with high school musicians in the tri-state area performing classical concerts at NKU, as well as popular community concerts.
Active in the Ohio Music Education Association, Dr. Santangelo presently sits on the Orchestra State Contest List Committee. Present and past positions include: Solo & Ensemble Adjudicator, Chair and Host for the Junior High Honors Orchestra, District 14 and Floor Judge for the Columbus Ohio String Invitational.
Prior conducting positions include Staff Conductor at the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, China and Conductor for the Starling Showcase Orchestra in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2008, Santangelo was honored to be the first Guest Conductor in the Huntington Symphony Orchestra’s history, Huntington, West Virginia. Prior to this position, Dr. Santangelo was the Conductor’s Assistant to Paavo Järvi and Erich Kunzel with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Santangelo has served as the Assistant Conductor for the Cincinnati Youth Symphony Orchestra and as the Conductor’s Assistant for the Cincinnati Opera.
As Founder and former Music Director of the University of Cincinnati University Orchestra, Dr. Santangelo provided an opportunity for students, faculty, and members of the community to perform classical music while providing concerts free to the public. An enthusiast for music education in all settings, Dr. Santangelo teaches a studio of violin, viola, and piano students.
A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Dr. Santangelo studied piano, viola, and clarinet before earning a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Ms. Santangelo also completed a Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting, from CCM, where she studied with Mark Gibson and Xian Zhang, former Associate Conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.