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 commissioned and conducted premieres of music by Colin Britt, Curt Cacioppo, Zhangyi Chen, Reena Esmail, Americ Goh, Robert Honstein, Emily Koh, Joan Tower and Wong Kah Chun. He is particularly proud of the commission “Ariadne’s Lament” by Zhangyi Chen which won the Eric Whitacre Prize given away by the London Symphony Orchestra and the Eric Whitacre Singers.
Known for his inter-disciplinary work, Mr. Ng’s most recent creation was entitled “Midwinter Dreams” in which he served as both director and conductor. The production utilized the complete Incidental Music to a Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendelssohn in a reshuffled order, intermixed with a new commission by Robert Honstein. The music created an emotional contour onto which award winning choreographers Terese Freedman and Dahlia Nayar in combination with performance art and paper sculptures by Rie Hachiyanagi, explored the dreams of the college community.
Mr 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, and the Saybrook College Orchestra, and was manager of the Yale Schola Cantorum, where he assisted Steven Fox, Andrew Megill and Dennis Shrock. At Birmingham, he was the conductor of the Chamber Choir, the Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia, Recital Chorus and Summer Festival New Music Ensemble and Opera. He has participated in conducting master classes with Simon Halsey, Paul Hillier, Peter Jaffe, Nicholas McGegan, Maurice 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. He 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. Prior to his appointment at Mount Holyoke College, Mr 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 addition, He has taught at the National Institute of Education of Singapore.
Mr. 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.
In 2013, Mr. Ng looks forward to a season of music including classics from the standard repertoire like Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto, Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde and new music including the premiere of a new opera by Mary D. Watkins titled “Dark River”, a new performance edition of “A Folk Symphony” by Fela Sowande, the father of Nigerian Western Classical Music, paired with a new commission from David Sanford exploring the ideas of Music and Ethnic diasporas.
Mel Jordan HC*
Missy Bragg HC
Maeve Brady (Euphonium)
* Section Leader
** Asst Section Leader
+ Community Member
Relyn Myrthil ’18, President
Relyn is a senior majoring in Music with concentrations in Conducting, Performance, and Arts Administration and minoring in Art History with a focus in Museum Studies. This is her fourth year in orchestra and second year as President of the ensemble. Relyn currently plays viola in orchestra, but also plays violin and performs with college’s Glee Club. Before MHSO, she played in multiple youth orchestras and chamber ensembles performing in her home town of Miami, FL since the age of seven. Relyn has studied with members of the Bergonzi Quartet, New World Symphony, Amernet String Quartet, participated in masterclasses with well regarded artists such as Mimi Zweig, performed at the University of Miami Winter Wonderful Gala, Wynwood Art Basel, Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center, and with the Florida International University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Grzegorz Nowak. When she’s not doing etudes in the practice room or drafting up lesson plans in the art museum, you can find Relyn in Thirsty Mind Cafe or the Pratt Music Hall atrium researching her senior project on music programming in afro-centric gallery spaces or studying scores.
Abby McNally '21, Treasurer
Abby is a violist from New Hampshire. She is a sophomore who is still undecided about her major, but is considering Theater Arts, Music, and Japanese. She has played violin most of her life, but switched to viola in high school where she was a part of string ensemble. There she quickly learned she liked viola better. She spends her summers trying to find odd jobs where she is able to play music and volunteers with the Epic Music Vermont program, which stems off of El Sistema, a program dedicated to helping bring classical music to children in areas where it may not be as accessible.
Ariel Kimberly ‘22, Publicities Manager
Ariel is a sophomore from Lancaster, PA. She is a Biology and Spanish double major studying pre-med. At Mount Holyoke College, she plays bass in MHSO, acts as a board member for the Medical Emergency Response Team, and is the current Language Assistant for the Spanish floor. Before college, she played in many different ensembles and orchestra - from local theater productions to an honors youth symphony. This year, Ariel looks forward to continuing to play music with amazing friends in orchestra!
Rebecca Reichel ‘20 Stage Manager
Rebecca is a junior majoring in biochemistry, and has been stage manager for orchestra since freshman year. Her instrument is the oboe, but occasionally gets to play English horn parts as well. She has been playing an instrument since she was six, starting with piano lessons then moving on to oboe in middle school. Outside of school and orchestra, she likes food, true crime, and tabletop games. She is really looking forward to this year!
Zoe Heard '21, Social Chair
Zoe is a sophomore at Mount Holyoke from New Jersey. They play the cello in the orchestra and have been a member since fall of 2017. They have played the cello for 11 years and look forward to continuing playing in the foreseeable future. Although they are currently undeclared, Zoe plans on majoring in International Relations and minoring in Chinese.
Caitlin Fisher ‘22, Communications Officer
Caitlin is a sophomore at Mount Holyoke and intends to double major in Music and English. She has been playing violin for 14 years. She has played in multiple ensembles throughout her career including the Academy Chamber Players, the Hampton Roads Chamber Players, and the Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra of Virginia. She has also performed as a featured soloist in Italy, Peru, Germany, and the Czech Republic with the Suzuki Strings of Hampton Roads and Bay Youth Orchestra. Caitlin hopes to continue to spread her love of music as a violin teacher.
Samantha Tripp ‘20, Stage Manager
Samantha is a junior from Southampton, MA who plays flute and piccolo. She is pursuing a music major and French minor. She has always been an avid music fan, from seeing her first opera when she was three years old to performing in ensembles here at Mount Holyoke. She played in her high school, middle school, and elementary school bands. She aided in teaching beginning musicians in her elementary school band throughout middle school and high school and played in the pit orchestras for her high school’s musicals. She also played in the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra. Samantha continues to sing with the Springfield Symphony Chorus. At Mount Holyoke, she performs in orchestra, flute choir, and chamber ensembles. She plans on playing flute and piccolo professionally and utilizing her new-found love of music history in her career.
Shion Kubota '18, Head Librarian
Shion is a librarian at Mount Holyoke Symphonic Orchestra, and this is her second year in the position. She used to work as a librarian in her high school’s orchestra where she also played flute and piccolo. Shion is a junior at Mount Holyoke College studying physics and computer science as majors and philosophy as 5 a college certificate. She worked at CERN as a visiting scientist this past summer. Shion will be continuing her journey in high energy physics and hopes to merge philosophy logic into particle physics.