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Narong Prangcharoen


Narong Prangcharoen (b. 1973, Thailand) is a Thai-born American composer.

His early training was under Dr. N. Dharmabuthra in Thailand, and then later he studied under Doctors Steve Tyler and David Feurzeig at Illinois State University. Dr. Prangcharoen received his DMA from University of Missouri-Kansas City, where his primary teacher was Chen Yi.

His success as a composer was confirmed by his receiving the prestigious 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship and the Barlow Prize. Other awards include the Music Alive, the 20th Annual American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Commission, and the Annapolis Charter 300 International Composers Competition Prize. In his native country, Dr. Prangcharoen was recipient of the Silapathorn Award, naming him a “Thailand Contemporary National Artist”. Dr. Prangcharoen has, thus, established an international reputation and is recognized as one of Asia’s leading composers.

Dr. Prangcharoen’s music has been performed in Asia, America, Australia, and Europe by many renowned ensembles such as the American Composers Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra

In addition to working as a freelance composer, he is currently teaching at the Community Music and Dance Academy of the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri in Kansas City. He is the founder of the Thailand International Composition Festival, now entering its tenth year. Prangcharoen is now a composer in residence for the Pacific Symphony in Orange County, California, for the next three seasons.

Works for Winds


  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 445.
  • Kanchanahud, Nipat. "Chakra." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 931-938. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Narong Prangcharoen website Accessed 11 February 2017
  • Narong Prangcharoen website II Accessed 11 February 2017