Christopher Vongvithayamathakul

Ensemble Programs and Public Engagement Coordinator



DMA Instrumental Conducting, University of Washington (ABD, in progress), MM Instrumental Conducting, University of New Mexico, BEd Music Education, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa


Christopher Vongvithayamathakul (Mathakul) joins the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Theatre and Music in the 2021-22 academic year as the Ensemble Programs/Public Engagement Coordinator and director of the Symphonic Band. Currently, Mr. Mathakul is a doctoral candidate in Instrumental Conducting at the University of Washington, studying with Professor Timothy Salzman. As concert bands graduate assistant at Washington, Mr. Mathakul served as the director of the Concert Band and assistant conductor for the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. In the Spring of 2021, Mr. Mathakul and fellow graduate conducting student Daniel Fischer presented a clinic entitled “Creative Learning Experiences for Music Ensembles Using Digital Audio Tools” at multiple state music education conferences. This presentation was inspired by the virtual composition project entitled "Putting the E in E-nsemble" piloted by the University of Washington Wind Ensemble in collaboration with composer Alex Shapiro in the Spring of 2020.
Mr. Mathakul earned a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the University of New Mexico where he studied conducting with Professor Eric Rombach-Kendall and clarinet with Professor Keith Lemmons. During his time at New Mexico, Mathakul served as graduate assistant for the UNM bands, where his responsibilities included assisting and conducting the concert bands, marching band, and running the “Soundpack” basketball pep band. Mr. Mathakul also served as the music director for the Symphony Orchestra of Albuquerque, a community orchestra.

Prior to his doctoral studies, Mr. Mathakul served for seven years as a high school and middle school band director in schools on the island of O’ahu, Hawai’i, where he was an active member of the O'ahu Band Directors Association and chair of its Beginning Honor Band.

Courses Taught

MUS 151, Symphonic Band