Keystone State Boychoir at Payap University
Krirkkit Kanchanakorn /
Photo by Preeyanoot Jittawong
The Keystone State BoyChoir (KSB), from Pennsylvania State, USA was
established in 2001 with over 100 members.
large audience in the Church of Payap University.
They have been called “the
rising stars” of the Philadelphia music scene, and gave a concert at the
Church of Payap University on July 11, as part of their tour of SE Asia,
giving free concerts to audiences in many countries.
Joseph P. Fitzmartin, their Musical Director, led the choir; and he directed
them throughout the whole concert. Before the concert started, the conductor
gave a speech to the audience, saying that he was happy that so many people
had come to enjoy the choir’s free concert. He also expressed his
admiration of the loyalty and respect that the whole nation shows toward
their monarch, HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great. It was hugely apparent
by the number of photographs of HM the King on display everywhere in
Thailand, the love and regard the entire nation has for their king.
The boys started their performance by singing HM the King’s anthem, which
amazed everyone in the church, as the choir was able to sing the royal Thai
song in the Thai language with clear pronunciation and perfect tone. After
finishing the anthem, to thunderous and well-deserved applause, the choir
went on to perform their whole repertoire, with numerous songs which charmed
everyone in the audience.
After giving concerts in Thailand, the KSB will go on to perform in Vietnam,
Cambodia, and Malaysia as part of their Southeast Asia Tour, 2006.
State BoyChoir led by Joseph P. Fitzmartin (center).
Northern Thailand students hoping for US scholarships
Thai High School Exchange Program Students.
By Chiangmai Mail
Trans World Education (TWE), of Bangkok says the US$ 10,000 Scholarship fund
is aimed at deserving Northern Thai Students for the 2007-2008 US High
School Exchange Student Academic Year Program.
TWE together with the Center of Cultural Interchange of the United States
arranges for students between the ages of 15 and 18 years of age to live
with a volunteer host family and attend US high schools for an academic year
(10 months; August 2007 till June 2008).
Qualifying examinations for the Scholarships will be held this Sunday the
July 23 at the AUA Auditorium Chiang Mai, from 10 a.m. Students wishing to
apply for the next round of Scholarships can obtain details from the TWE
Liaison Office at 94-120 Charoen Muang Road, Chiang Mai 50000 or by phoning
either 053 302638 or 053 302111 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
Wattanothai Payap becomes model school
Pranom Chueasakdahong, director of Wattanothai Payap said that on the
occasion of the school’s 100th
anniversary this year, the Alumni Association and Parent Association
together with the school had gathered information about the history of the
school and built a museum to exhibit the biography of the Royal Family.
The school had applied the sufficient-economy philosophy, as advocated by HM
the King to teach every student to have an aim in life. The activities are
divided into many groups; such as organic vegetable plantation in a limited
area, reading rooms for recreation and for assimilating knowledge, a prayer
room for concentration and staying calm and a school handicraft factory.
On July 20, HRH Princess Sirindhorn visited the museum to see teachers and
students’ work in which they had applied HM the King’s economic
philosophy to their school and had been chosen as being the first example of
such a school in Chiang Mai. Those who are interested can visit Wattanothai
Payap School at anytime.