Angelina attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville under the Honors Quartet Scholarship, Johnetta Haley Scholarship, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. After earning a bachelor’s degree in music education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Ms. McLaughlin-Heil instructed a public school orchestra program in Waukegan, Illinois. Other orchestra teaching positions followed at the Ferguson-Florissant school district in Missouri and Edwardsville Illinois high and elementary schools. During her tenure at Edwardsville, she received an “Extra Effort” award from the district for her role in their production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Angelina served as a full scholarship graduate assistant while completing her masters in orchestral conducting from Illinois State University in 2015. She frequently directed the Illinois State Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and String Project’s “Sinfonia”.
Ms. McLaughlin-Heil was head cello teacher and assistant conductor at the PIYO Music Festival in Guangzhou, China in the summer of 2017. Angelina has recently been named the director of the Belleville Philharmonic beginning strings for the Youth Orchestra in Belleville, Illinois. She is a member of the Musicians’ Association of St. Louis, part of the American Federation of Musicians.
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Students who have some bowed stringed instrument experience or would like to learn are welcome to join. There are two levels offered: A beginning level that meets on Tuesdays from 5:00- 5:45 PM. There is also a “level 2” group for those with some experience, but may not be ready for the challenge of the Youth Orchestra. It meets on Tuesdays from 5:45- 6:30 PM.
We encourage students who do not have a school string program to also take private lessons from the many community private string teachers in our area. We also stress that participation in these groups is to complement the school music programs, not replace it.
Both the Youth and Junior Youth Orchestras rehearse in the Philharmonic Hall in downtown Belleville and participate in concerts around the community. The cost to participate in one of the youth orchestra programs is only $75 per child. The amount is prorated to $40 starting in January.