The Sycamore Community Schools are pleased to announce that Dr. Angela Santangelo will be filling the position of Sycamore Director of Orchestras. Dr. 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.
Sycamore Supervisor of Music, Lonnie Stover says, “Not only is Dr. Santangelo eminently qualified and possesses the credentials and experience necessary to maintain and grow the standard of excellence that the Sycamore Orchestra program is known for, she also possesses the personal qualities that I am confident will endear her to our students, families and community.” After accepting the position, Dr Santangelo said, “I am thrilled to be joining the Sycamore Community Schools as Orchestra Director. I will strive to build upon the tradition of excellence that the Sycamore Orchestra program represents, not only in the community, but throughout the region and the state.” A “Meet the Director” event will be held later in the summer to allow students and parents to meet Dr Santangelo. An email notification will be sent to families and details of this event will be posted on sbob.org.
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.