College of Music, Mahidol University
About the College
The College of Music, Mahidol University is one of the largest music schools in Southeast Asia. Currently ranked #47 in performing arts by QS World Rankings, the College offers degrees from high school through the doctoral level and has 1,300 full-time students. The College is located on a complex of 10 buildings with large concert halls, recital halls, classrooms and practice rooms, as well as 2 restaurants, 2 food courts, 3 coffee shops, as well as a Starbucks and Subway restaurant within a short walking distance. All buildings are air conditioned.
The College of Music is located in the town of Salaya, a bustling college town just outside of Bangkok, Thailand.
Getting to the College
Participants can get to the College of Music in a variety of ways. Those staying at the conference hotel can take a free shuttle bus to the College. Those wishing to stay somewhere else can take an inexpensive taxi which can be found on most streets in Bangkok and surrounding areas. Those familiar with the Grab App can use that to book taxis, just make sure you go to the Salaya Campus (we have several campuses in shopping malls). If you have any difficulty finding a taxi you can ask your hotel to order one for you. Finally, participants staying in Bangkok can take the BTS Skytrain to the Bang Wa station and take either a taxi to the College or the Salaya Link, which is an inexpensive bus that runs directly from the Bang Wa station to the College of Music on a set schedule. The Salaya Link schedule can be found by clicking here. More information about getting to the College will emailed to all participants and also posted here.
The follow map shows the College of Music Complex. A map with a description of all IDRS conference venues will be emailed to all participants.
Getting Around the College
All of the facilities of the College of Music are within walking distance, with the longest distance being 450 meters from one end to the other end. The College is wheelchair accessible and there will be trams running in a loop around the venues to assist those in need. If you have any questions about accessibility, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eating at the College
The College of Music a variety of restaurants featuring a wide variety of different tastes. The College has one international restaurant, called Music Square, which offers a combination of Western and Thai dishes. The Pre-College Boarding School has a food court with Thai and an occasional Western dish. The Thai Rot restaurant features Thai noodle and rice dishes. The Building A food court has several restaurants that feature a wide variety of Thai dishes. The nearby Starbucks and Subway have their standard food and drinks. We are also working on bringing a few Western food trucks (burgers and such).
When ordering food you will find that many of the food sellers don’t speak English. You can simply point to an item on the menu or at pre-made food at the Pre-College Boarding School or the Building A food court. If you need any help ordering food you can ask any of the conference staff or a College of Music student for help until you get the hang of it. You can tell our own College students from others because they wear uniforms.
There are 3 places to get first aid at the College. There is a nurse’s room located in building A, where you can get simple medical treatment and there are also beds in case you feel like you need to lay down. There is a nurse at the Pre-College Boarding School and there is a nurse’s station in Prince Mahidol Hall during evening concerts. For any medical emergencies there is a hospital across the highway from the College of Music. Please alert conference staff immediately if there is a medical emergency or if anyone requires medical assistance.
Prince Mahidol Hall
Prince Mahidol Hall or PMH is one of Thailand’s stunning icons and an excellent performance venue. Built from the ground up as a hall for orchestral performance, the hall seats 2,200 and home to the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. As Mahidol University was originally found as a medical university, the architects took this into consideration when designing the hall, as can be seen from aspects both inside and outside the hall. For a virtual tour of the seating inside of PMH, click here. Evening concerts for the IDRS 2023 conference will take place in PHM.
Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra
Since its founding in 2005 the Thailand Phil has been a leading force in Thailand’s musical and cultural scene, always pushing forward to promote orchestral music and music education in Thai society. Under the musical leadership of Chief Conductor Alfonso Scarano, the orchestra has earned worldwide recognition for its performances of orchestral masterworks as well as promoting new works, especially those of Thai composers. The Thailand Phil makes its performing home at the state-of-the-art 2,200 seat Prince Mahidol Hall, located on the campus of the College of Music. The TPO will perform two evening concerts at the IDRS 2023 Conference, conducted by Gordon Hunt.