UMKC Conservatory Alum Narong Prangcharoen Wins Guggenheim Fellowship


The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce that composer Narong Prangcharoen (DMA, composition 2010) has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, 2013-14.

Narong, who teaches at the Conservatory's Academy, joins all four of UMKC's Composition faculty, Narong's mentors, as a Guggenheim Fellow: James Mobberley (1992), Zhou Long (1994), Chen Yi (1996), and Paul Rudy (2008).

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

Narong's works that helped solidify his appointment 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.

Kansas City's NPR affiliate KCUR 89.3 reports here.

Congratulations, Narong!

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949