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Alumnus Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Composer Narong Prangcharoen is a 2010 Graduate of the Conservatory

KANSAS CITY, Mo.University of Missouri-Kansas City alumnus Narong Prangcharoen has received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Prangcharoen, a composer, graduated from the Conservatory of Music and Dance with a Doctor of Music Arts degree in 2010.

Prangcharoen teaches at the Conservatory’s Academy, which functions as a division within the Conservatory, providing non-credit preparatory performing arts education and community engagement programs for local children and adults.

Prangcharoen joins all four of UMKC’s Composition faculty as a Guggenheim Fellow: James Mobberley (1992), Zhou Long (1994), Chen Yi (1996), and Paul Rudy (2008).

Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to people who have “demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts,” according to the Guggenheim website.

One of Prangcharoen’s many accomplishments is as founder of the Thailand International Composition Festival, which is in its ninth year.  It is the largest composition festival in Southeast Asia.

Prangcharoen’s works include: Illuminations (2012) for Orchestra, premiered by China National Center for Performing Arts Orchestra, Lu Jia, conductor; Anatman (2012) for Cello and Wind Ensemble, premiered by UMKC Wind Symphony, Steven Davis, conductor and Carter Enyeart, cello; and The Dawn of Darkness (2012) for Saxophone and Orchestra, premiered by Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Dariusz Mikulski, conductor and Wisuwat Pruksavanich, saxophone.

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