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The Class of 2006. Where will they be going?

World class musician to play in Chiang Mai to help AIDS sufferers

Prince Royal’s College celebrates 100 years with a play

Where can I learn to play the piano?

The Class of 2006. Where will they be going?

Jon Hartmann College Counselor CMIS

The class of 2006 at CMIS graduates in June and consists of 26 seniors of whom 13 are going to the USA, seven are going to stay in Thailand (but mostly going to Bangkok,) three are going to Korea, one or maybe two to Canada, one to Australia and one to Switzerland.

Of the students going to the United States: Candace is to follow up on a scholarship offer with an interview. She already has scholarships for her Maths/Education studies at Spring Arbor, Houghton and Geneva. She has an enviable decision to make. Every college she has applied for wants her and is offering her money. However she is not unusual. Every CMIS student studying in the USA has received financial aid in the form of a merit or needs based scholarship! Alexandra is studying photography, Bethany Biology, Brian is trying for the Navy and Maths Science, Briana is doing International Relations, Greg Health and Fitness Science, Hannah Graphic Design, Emily International Studies, Melanie Communications, Phillip Biology, Sean Political Science, while Rachel is doing Theatre and Art. Pongpitch (the only Thai going to the USA) is studying Engineering. What a great selection of careers and these seniors have all done the right amount of research and paper work to get their applications in on time.

Of the students staying in Thailand: Asama and Niyada are studying International Business, Chanintr is doing Engineering, Om is doing Travel Industry Management, Pascal Graphic Design, PJ Entertainment Media and Teera Music Performance

The Korean Students: Eun Bee is studying medical sciences, SangWeon Management and Ha Eun Liberal Arts.

The Rest: Robert is studying Humanities in Canada, Sarah Business Management in Australia and Min Joo Hospitality and Hotel Management in Switzerland

Students in the class of 2006 have chosen career pathways that suit their interests and abilities. They have applied for a number of universities, not just one and have a range of universities ranging from hard to easy. They have actively sought Financial Aid and they have investigated the cost and can afford their choices.

The good ground work these students have done and their excellent choice of pathways at universities they can afford should see them flourish next year in their new places. We wish them all well.

World class musician to play in Chiang Mai to help AIDS sufferers

Pinutda Suwanchaisri and Kittiyaporn Kanjam (student trainees MFLU)

The classical guitar show by the School of Musical Arts students from Payap University.

Payap University, together with University of Ulsan, Korea, is to organize a classical music charity concert with one of the world’s top pianists, Prof. Ting Il San together with musicians from University of Ulsan, performing in the Chiang Mai Classical Music Festival during February 18-26, 2006. The Korean musicians will travel to Chiang Mai for the purpose of meeting other musicians and exchanging musical education with the School of Musical Arts, Payap University.

Dr. Petcharasri Siriniran, Committee Chairman of AIDS Net foundation and the leader of Chiang Mai Classical Music Festival organizing committee said that it was indeed an honor to have Prof. Tong Il San, a world renowned pianist and teacher, come to perform in Chiang Mai. Together with Prof. Lesley Parnas, Prof. Oliver Buswell, and 25 Chamber Orchestra musicians from University of Ulsan, it would foster cooperation between Payap University, Thai National AIDS Foundation, AIDS Net Foundation, and Thailand Business Coalition AIDS. The proceeds from the concert would go to a fund to benefit AIDS sufferers and help solve AIDS problems in Thailand.

Chiang Mai Music Festival is supported by PTT and THAI and there will be three performances of the show, February 18 and 25, at Wang Tarn Food Center and February 22, at Payap University. The tickets cost 1,000, 500, 200 baht, but for students who see the show at Wang Tarn Food Center, tickets will only be 100 baht per person. People who are interested in seeing the show should make a reservation and ask for information at,, Tel. 0 5343 6692 Wang Tarn Food Center, or Tel. 0 2279 7022 Thai National AIDS Foundation.

Prince Royal’s College celebrates 100 years with a play

Pinutda Suwanchaisri and Kittiyaporn Kanjam (student trainees MFLU)

The performance of Prince Royal’s College students.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of His Majesty’s granting the name Prince Royal’s College, PRC joined with school alumni and the school’s parent-teacher association to produce an English language musical play. Entitled “100 Years of Possible Dream” it was performed on January 21, at the Kad Theater.

The musical play narrated the history of PRC starting at the time that Rev. David Ghormley Collins and his wife traveled to Chiang Mai and established the Chiang Mai Boys’ School, later to be named The Prince Royal’s College by order of HRH Crown Prince Vajiravudh in 1906. The play tells of the five principles of the PRC; to love, to care, to share, to help, and to sacrifice, that can teach people how to live their lives.

The play was written by gifted English students and featured lyrics sung by professional singers such as Ajarn John Hovis Eubank, former Broadway opera singer, Book Kitavadhana, a revered PRC alumni, along with more than 200 PRC students.

To start the show, Satchawat Duangmuang, a Mattayom 6 PRC student, sang a song that he had written about the PRC, named “Perfect Sky”. The play showed the relationship, ideology, and value between the PRC students and teachers, and so many PRC students, parents, and alumni wished to see the show, that two performances of the production were given to fit everyone in.

Where can I learn to play the piano?

Musical education in Chiangmai (1)

Jan Verwers,
Pongsak Rodpothong

The two brothers Baipooh and Baipai perform a Lanna duet.

“Now let’s play number
5. Attention. One – two – three……”. And from one hundred instruments comes the well-known tune “Sauw Noi Sauw Maj”, a traditional in Lanna classical music, dedicated to a young woman preparing her silk threads.. The scene of the musical action is the main Salah at Wat Loikroah in the centre of Chiangmai. Time: Saturday afternoon. Musicians: amateurs from this city, aged from six up to 60. Their instruments: a great variety of traditional Lanna instruments, varying from the two-stringed Zalor (violin) and the Zueng(mandolin) to the Klui (flute) and the Glong (drum).

In charge is Panutat Apicha-natong, Kruh Add for his students. He is a well-known musician here in the North with a long list of recordings of Lanna music. And he is a popular teacher. Some years ago he started the ‘Loikroah Lanna Classical Music Club’, where everybody is welcome to study traditional music. Children learn to play the instrument of their choice. Older people sometimes come with their own group to rehearse their repertoire. All under the expert guidance of Kruh Add. He loves to teach. “I teach you to make you happy”, is his adage. So during the week-end rehearsals at the temple there is plenty of time for a chat and a laugh. At the end of each course, students are invited to take an exam, after which they will be receiving a certificate. All lessons are free of charge.

Kruh Bird tunes his Zalor before starting his lessons at Lanna Wisdom School.

Lanna music is also taught at the ‘Lanna Wisdom School’, a private organization that is located on a beautiful wooded plot of land along the RattanakosinRoad. The objective of the School is the preservation of Lanna culture. Their activities cover traditional handicrafts like mak-ing paper lanterns, banners (Thung), decorations from flowers and fruits, dancing, Lanna language and music. Their traditional Lanna Fair, held yearly before Christmas on their own grounds, makes the visitor believe that he is traveling through Lanna at the beginning of last century. It is an excellent possibility to attend the performances of many kinds of local music. Students from this school, as well as from neighboring cities, aged from 4 to 60, show how to play their instruments, bringing the Lanna repertoire, alone or in ensembles. Often the music accompanies traditional dances.

Many students at this school come back here year after year. “I like to make music”, says Puanat Jansaentoh. Baipooh (11), as he is usually called, started to play his Zalor, when he was 4. Now, together with his older brother Baipai (13), who plays the Zueng, they sometimes join older musicians to perform during ceremonies and parties. Their teachers, like Kruh Bird (Pra-
song Saengnam, 26), are local musicians from Chiangmai, who are invited to teach at the school.

Boy leads his group from Lamphun in a traditional Lanna performance.

Apart from the typical Lanna instruments, there is a great variety that comes from Central Thailand. Best known is the Ranaat, the Thai version of the xylophone, made of bamboo, and the Hong, with of copper. At the school of Kruh Od, ‘Luk Wiang Kan’ in San Pathong, children can learn to play these beautiful instruments. Sayang Kanthiya started this school six years ago with local children. He was fortunate enough to attract some already well-known young players, who now serve as his assistant-teachers. “Children have to learn from each other,” is what Kruh Od believes. And apparently that method works: his group is in high-demand during all kind of festivals and celebrations all over Chiangmai. The Royal Family invited his students several times, Od told us with obvious pride. Kruh Od’s students are between 8 and 18 years of age.

But where do you go, if you want to learn to play a Western instrument? We will tell you next time.

Students from the Dara Pirom Institute at Mae Rim demonstrate their skills at the Lanna Fair. The instrument up front is a Jakeh.

Students learn to play the Ranaat and the Hong at the centre ‘Luk Wiang Kan’ in San Pathong.

At the The Loikroa Lanna Classical Music Club, Kruh Ad teaches his students.