Richard M. Cangro – QAYO Conductor

Rich Cangro, Quincy Area Youth Orchestra Conductor

Richard M. Cangro
Quincy Area Youth Orchestra Conductor

Richard M. Cangro, Ph.D., is a Professor and Program Coordinator for Music Education and Director of the Community Music School at the Western Illinois University School of Music. He was formerly a school band and orchestra director for 15 years in Connecticut, as well as a youth ensemble conductor and chamber music coach for the Hartt School Community Division, University of Hartford. Dr. Cangro received a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and Master’s and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Hartford.

A two-time Fulbright grant recipient, Dr. Cangro is active as a presenter, curriculum consultant, adjudicator, and conductor. He has presented clinics for several school districts and music educator conferences throughout the US, as well as presented professional development sessions in Canada, China, Ecuador, England, Myanmar, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, and Taiwan (ROC).

Musically, Dr. Cangro has a wide range of performance experience as a trumpet player and conductor. He is a member of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony and also performs with the Quincy and Jacksonville Symphonies. He is currently the music director of the Monmouth Civic Orchestra and the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra.

At WIU, Dr. Cangro teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education, advises the Collegiate NAfME chapter and the Mariachi group Mariachi de Oro, and supervises student teachers. He is president of the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society Eta Epsilon chapter, promoting and supporting internationalization efforts in the community.