"For the Love of Music Since 1866"
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 music programs from elementary to high school level for over fifteen years. During her tenure at Edwardsville High School, she received an “Extra Effort” award from the district for her role in their production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. She served as a full scholarship graduate assistant while completing her masters in orchestral conducting from Illinois State University in 2015 under the tutelage of Maestro Dr. Glen Block. As part of her master's studies at Illinois State she conducted the top String Project orchestra, the ISU Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra. Angelina has received orchestra conducting training from Alastair Willis, Sandra Dackow, Maurizio Colasanti of Conservatorio di Musica in Matera, Italy, and Enrique García Asensio, Professor of Orchestral Conducting at the Madrid Royal Conservatory, Spain.
Ms. McLaughlin-Heil also performs as a cellist in several symphony orchestras in the St. Louis area and is the founding director of the Highland Music School in Highland, Illinois. Ms. McLaughlin-Heil was head cello teacher and assistant conductor at the PIYO Music Festival in Guangzhou, China in the summer of 2017. She is the founding director of the Belleville Philharmonic’s Beginning Strings program and is lead teacher for their summer string camp. Angelina frequently performs for weddings and events with the Landolfi String Quartet, and is the founding director of the non-profit Edwardsville Community Symphony, which is a professional, union-supported full symphony orchestra that performs free summer concerts in the park for the Edwardsville, Illinois community.
Angelina is on faculty at St. Charles Community College and Kaskaskia College. She is very excited to be appointed lead conductor of the Centralia Philharmonic Society Orchestra and hopes to further her goal of sharing classical music with Southern Illinois.