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*
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Sarah McCool '17, President
Sarah is a senior from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, studying International Relations. She plays the trumpet in the orchestra, and studies foreign languages in her spare time. She especially enjoys touring with the orchestra.
Relyn Myrthil ’18, President
Relyn is a junior studying Orchestral Conducting at Mount Holyoke College from Miami, FL. She currently plays violin in the orchestra, but also plays the viola and performs with college’s Glee Club and Chamber Singers where she resides on their executive board as Logistics Coordinator. Before MHSO, Relyn played in multiple youth orchestras and chamber ensembles performing all over Miami since the age of seven. She 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. Relyn has been a member of the symphony orchestra since her first semester and regards auditioning for it as one of the best decisions she’s made yet during her undergraduate career at MHC.
Samantha Tripp ‘20, Stage Manager
Samantha is a sophomore 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 also 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.
Rebecca Reichel ’20, Stage Manager
Rebecca is a pre-med student and a hopeful biochemistry major. She has been involved with music for the last 15 years, starting with piano and then moving on to oboe in middle school. Music is one of her favorite ways to connect with people, especially when playing together, so orchestras and music ensembles have been instrumental to her musical experience (pun intended). Rebecca looks forward to working and playing with old and new members of orchestra in the upcoming semesters!
Madeleine Olson ‘20, Publicist
Madeleine is a cellist from West Hartford, CT, previously studying with Laura Kane at Hartt School of Music. Prior to becoming a member of MSHO, she was a member of various Hartt School orchestras including Sinfonia, Opus '89, and Connecticut Youth Symphony (CYS) while participating in various chamber groups and masterclasses. Olson was also assistant principal cellist for I Giovani Solisti, a select chamber orchestra in West Hartford. Throughout the past eleven years, she has participated in the CT Northern Region Festivals. In addition to cello performance, she has a passion for multiple art forms, including dance, theatre, writing, and creative film. At Mount Holyoke, she is designing a Nexus major that will combine her engagement with the arts in an interdisciplinary study. Her most recent creative choreographed works combine multiple artistic disciplines that consider indirect relationships between speaker and audience.
Alexandra Brennan ‘17, Treasurer
Alexandra is a senior at Mount Holyoke. She is double majoring in Religion and Ancient Studies and spends her time outside of class either with Student Government or playing viola. She has been playing the viola for 12 years, starting in her hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, and has participated in a variety of ensembles including her high school’s chamber orchestra and the Des Moines Youth Symphony Orchestra. At Mount Holyoke, she has played in the Symphony Orchestra and multiple chamber groups, and has studied with Linda Laderach. This past year, Alexandra studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she played with the University of Copenhagen’s Student Orchestra, SymfUni.
Emma Atwood ‘20, Social Media Manager
Emma is a sophomore majoring in psychology and minoring in music. She has been playing the violin for fourteen years and is excited to continue exploring the musical opportunities offered by the five college consortium. In addition to being a member of the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra, Emma studies privately with Joel Pitchon at Smith College and plans to pursue chamber music at Amherst College. While she enjoys working on solo and orchestral repertoire, Emma is most passionate about chamber music, an extracurricular she has participated in since fifth grade. Emma is an avid chamber musician and loves sight reading with friends during her free time. On the side, she also works as a violin instructor at Gerry’s Music Shop in South Hadley. While not certain of her career aspirations as of yet, Emma is confident that music will always be a part of her life.
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.
Hannah Pozzebon '20, Head Librarian
Hannah is a sophomore at Mount Holyoke. She studies International Relations and Music. In addition to MHSO, Hannah participates in Mount Holyoke Model United Nations and the Outing Club. She plays flute and piccolo in the orchestra. She has been playing for 8 years. Hannah has been doing music library work for several years, including work with her youth orchestras, Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra and Nashville Youth Orchestra Program, and with the Vanderbilt Blair School of Music and the Tanglewood Copland Music Library. In addition to her studies, Hannah likes tea, her dogs, birds, and horses, knitting, hiking, and stationery.
Danielle Schussel '19, Librarian
Danielle is new to the orchestra and excited for the year. As a junior at Mount Holyoke, she studies International Relations and Art History. In addition to MHSO, Danielle participates in Outing Club and volunteers at the Mount Holyoke Archives and Special Collections. Danielle plays C flute in the orchestra but is comfortable on piccolo - bass flutes. She has played in numerous ensembles, ranging from her high school wind ensemble and pit orchestra to college flute choirs. Danielle also enjoys figure skating, spinning, and coloring mandalas.
Sarah Painting ‘20, Webmistress
Sarah is a sophomore double majoring in International Relations and French. One of her biggest hobbies outside of class is playing her French horn, Giovanni. She’s been playing for almost 11 years, but her love of music goes back to her childhood when she fell in love with the chilling horn calls of the wolf from Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev. At her high school in Atlanta, Georgia Sarah enjoyed playing with her wind ensemble, woodwind quintet, and helping teach elementary school kids about music. At Mount Holyoke, Sarah keeps busy with orchestra, various chamber groups, and private lessons with professor Jean Jeffries.