Thai Ensemble

About the Thai Ensemble

Founded by Terry E. Miller, Ph.D., in 1978, the Kent State Thai Ensemble is one of the few Thai ensembles present in the American academic system.


Opportunities are given to both undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of major or musical background, for the study of traditional Thai music.

No audition required.


This ensemble focuses on piphat music, a classical Thai genre that incorporates xylophones, gong circles, quadruple-reed oboes, and various types of percussion; other traditional Thai genres are offered to students interested in further study of Thai musical culture.


Students in Thai Ensemble perform in Kent State's World Music Concert organized by the Ethnomusicology program each semester, as well as other concerts on and off campus.


Dr. Priwan Nanongkham