Saint John's College Choir was formed in 1983, with the support and encouragement of Peter Samai Chinnapha - the founder of Saint John's College, and School Director Chainarong Monthienvichienchai. Suteesak Pakdeeteva and his music colleagues, under the initial guidance and continued support of Khunying Malaival Boonyaratavej, a well-known personality in the field of choral music in Thailand, took up training the first group of 50 students. By 1987, the Choir was performing outside the school in international activities such as the Festival of Children's and Youth Choirs, co-organised by the National Youth Bureau, the Australian Embassy and Saint John's College.
Founded in 1961, Saint John's has grown during the past thirty-three years to become a leading private school in Thailand, consisting of nine departments, from Kindergarten all the way up to Master's Degree Programmes. One of the policies of Saint John's is to promote music, language, and international cultural exchanges. There are frequent activities throughout the year to welcome groups from Saint John's "sister" schools in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, U.S.A., Canada, England and France, as well as other groups of local and foreign visitors. Of course the Saint John's College Choir is prominently featured in these activities.
Walk past the music room in the central building of the campus at almost any time of the afternoon or early evening and you will see a bustle of activity and hear melodious strains of music and the harmonious sound of voices being put through their paces. The students participating in the various music groups devote their after school hours and often their holidays to rehearsals. The fifty-member Saint John's College Choir is rehearsed and conducted by Suteesak Pakdeeteva. U-Sa Tanjarupun provides the piano accompaniment for the choir and also conducts the St. John's Handbells Choir. Sampow Triudom is the music arranger and also conducts the thirty-member St. John's Philharmonia Orchestra. The St. John's Junior Choir, comprised of forty primary school students, is conducted by Patcharee Sajai.
Saint John's College Choir and the other music groups never lack for chances to perform. They give a yearly Christmas Concert and an Annual School 'Theme' Concert in addition to performing for all the regular school functions. Besides their performances in the school, the Choir performed for H.M. the King's Fifth Cycle Birthday celebrations, sang in a televised performance for H.M. the Queen's Fifth Cycle Birthday, and sang for the opening parade of contestants in the 1993 Miss Thailand World Contest. On 1 and 2 June this year, they took part in the Arts Festival in Singapore and were performing a wide repertoire of songs.
Saint John's is also an authorized examination centre of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London.