Duangpon Pongphasuk

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Professional singer (mezzo-soprano) of Caro Allegro Choir in Boston since 2010. Professional singer (mezzo-soprano) in Thailand since 2003 — independent artist, teacher (in schools of music and privately), choir member (ensemble leader and choreographer), performer in musical stage shows and on professional tours in Asia, Europe and the USA.

Performer in public and private venues in Thailand, including national cultural centers, theaters and clubs, at royal command performances (variously for Their Royal Highnesses Princess Galyani Vadhana, Princess Sirindhorn and Princess Soamsawali) and in various competitions. Lead singer for the “Chom Roam Khon Rak Wang” (a charity for conserving Phyathai Palace, a venue for the performing arts built by King Rama VI).

Member of Suanplu Chorus, 2004–2009, which won two Silver Medals in the categories of “Folklore Open” and “Contemporania” at Fifth World Choir Games, Graz, Austria, July 2008, and one Bronze Medal in the category of “Folklore a cappella” at Fourth World Choir Games, Xiamen, China, July 2006.

Voice Instructor for individual students and groups at KPN Music Academy (Chaeng Wattana Branch) of Bangkok, 2006–2009; teacher of basic musicianship and social role-playing at Pink Pony Club (private nursery school) of Bangkok, 2009;instructor in traditional Thai opera for children at BaanGerda (of the Children’s Rights Foundation, Bangkok), 2009; teacher-in-training of Thai traditional music and dance for middle and high school students at the Chulalongkorn University Demonstration School, 2005; and private instructor (at home) in traditional and modern Thai singing and Thai instruments (sor-oo/fiddle and khim/xylophone), 1999–2009.

Singing and acting in: Austria — Participated with Thailand’s Suanplu Chorus in Fifth World Choir Games at Graz, Austria, in July 2008; performed at the Karlskirche, Vienna, after the Games. China — Invited as soloist representing Chulalongkorn University to perform music of H.M. King Bhumibol in celebrating His Majesty’s 80th birthday and 60th year on the throne, for a national audience, at XiAn, January 2008; also, participated with Thailand’s Suanplu Chorus in Fourth World Choir Games at Xiamen, China, July 2006. Germany — Performed at Bad Wimpfen and Bad Homburg with Suanplu Chorus after Fifth World Choir Games in July 2008 as a representative of Thailand. Macau — Performed by invitation of the Thai Tourism Authority at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) conference, 2005. Philippines — Sang (solo) and acted in Thai traditional dance exhibition as cultural representative from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, at the first youth forum of the ASEAN University Network Youth Cultural Forum that was held 25–29 March 2003 at De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines. Thailand — Performed as lead actress in Pra Mahachanok, a traditional Thai musical stage show, in a gala exhibition performance celebrating the 60th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s accession to the throne; held at the Impact Arena at Muangthong Thani, Bangkok on 9 June 2006. Also, acted and sang in four Thai TV series and various commercials, including nationally released “Happy Work Place”. National tours with Bangkok Acoustic Band, following release of the album. United States — Performed in Texas at the American-Asian Festival, Austin and at The Alamo, San Antonio, 12–23 October 2005; with Todd “Tongdee” Larvel (American singer and promoter) and “Khun-In” (Narongrit Thosanga, Thai xylophone player).