Chaipruck Mekara (b. November 1971, Chiang Mai) is a Thai composer, arranger, clarinetist, and conductor.
After graduating from Payap University, Dr. Mekara received his Master of Music degree (double major in music composition and clarinet performance) from Roosevelt University, where he studied with Dr. Robert Lombardo. In 2003, Mekara received his DMA in music composition from Northwestern University, where is studied with Dr. Stephen Syverud, Dr. William Karlins, and Dr. Jay Allan Yim.
Like many Asian composers who went abroad to continue their education, he realized the value of his native culture while in a foreign land. His music attempts to combine the aesthetic philosophy of the East with the compositional techniques of the West. Mekara’s music was performed by the Thai Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Chiangmai Symphony Orchestra and by various artists such as TIMF Ensemble (Korea), TICF artists in resident (Thailand). His compositions also were premiered at the World Choir Games, 2012, Cincinnati, Ohio, International Trumpet Guild, 2011 Minneapolis, Minn., Thailand International Composition Festival, Thailand, and Asian Young Musicians’ Connection.
In Thailand, Chaipruck founded the Chiangmai Youth Philharmonic Band and Symphony Orchestra Foundation. As a conductor, in 2005-2006he was a music director and conductor of the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat produced by The Voice Studio. In 2005, Mr. Mekara composed and conducted the Farung Rum Thao for symphonic band and thai classical orchestra for the Princess of Thailand.
Mekara was invited as a conductor in resident of China-ASEAN Music Week, 2015 in Nanning, Quangxi, China. In 2016 Mekara co-founded the Chiangmai Ginastera International Music Festival and Competition, where he serves as the festival director. Mekara was the dean of the College of Music, Payap University, from 2010 to 2012. He is now also the music director and conductor of the Chiangmai Symphony Orchestra and the Chiangmai Philharmonic Band. He is also a music composition instructor at the College of Music at Payap University.
Works for Winds
- Chaipruck Mekara, personal correspondence, January 2021
- Chaipruck Mekara website Accessed 1 January 2021