Ng Tian Hui is the Director of Orchestral Activities and Lecturer in Music at Mount Holyoke College, where he conducts the Orchestra, and teaches courses in conducting, musicianship, and performance practice.
An enthusiastic advocate of new music, he has conducted premieres of music by Colin Britt, Curt Cacioppo, Zhangyi Chen, Reena Esmail, and Americ Goh. Known for his inter-disciplinary work, Ng most recently brought together scholars in the classics and composers from three continents in a performance entitled Recalling Ariadne, which explored the story of Ariadne through the music of Monteverdi’s Lamento d’Ariana, new commissions reflecting the principal protagonists in the story and its reception through history.
Ng holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, with Marguerite Brooks, Simon Carrington, Jeffrey Douma, and Masaaki Suzuki. He received the Bachelor of Music from the University of Birmingham, UK, where he studied composition with Vic Hoyland and orchestral conducting with Andrew Constantine.
At Yale, he was the principal assistant conductor of the Yale Camerata, co-conductor of the Yale Recital Chorus and the Saybrook College Orchestra, and was ensemble manager of the Yale Schola Cantorum. At Birmingham, he was the conductor of the Chamber Choir, the Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia, Recital Chorus and Summer Festival New Music Ensemble and Opera. Ng has participated in conducting master classes with Simon Halsey, Paul Hillier, Peter Jaffe, Nicholas McGegan, Mauricie Peress, Donald Portnoy, Helmuth Rilling, Dale Warland, and Paul Vermel among others.
His outstanding work at Yale won him the Edwin Stanley Seder Scholarship in 2009 and the Hugh Porter Scholarship in 2010. Ng was awarded the Silver Award at the National Arts Education Awards in 2006 for his work in crafting an integrated arts programme, which embraced music, dance, theatre and the visual arts, at Ang Mo Kio Secondary School in Singapore. He has taught at the National Institute of Education of Singapore and has made numerous presentations at conferences and workshops.
Ng is known for his versatility as a composer and has written music for animation, dance, film, and theatre, and for the classical mediums of choir and orchestra. His works have been heard in diverse settings such as the Sundance Film Festival, Animation World Magazine, and Apsara Asia Dance. As a baritone, he has performed to critical acclaim as a soloist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Chamber Choir of Singapore.
Prior to his appointment at Mount Holyoke College, Ng was the Interim Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College, where he conducted the Chamber Singers and Chorale, and taught courses in conducting and art song.
In 2011, Ng led a season of music including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, Haydn’s Symphony No. 26, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 and Strauss Jr’s waltzes.
- "Orchestra director wins programming prize," Office of Communications and Marketing, January 21, 2016
- "Orchestral director Ng wins national honor," Office of Communications and Marketing, October 28, 2014
- "MHC orchestra a national finalist in contest," Office of Communications and Marketing, August 21, 2014
- "Professor Writes, Students Record, Film Score," Office of Communications, December 12, 2013