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
Samantha Tripp ’20, Stage Manager
Samantha is a senior from Southampton, MA who plays flute and piccolo. She is pursuing a music major and romance language 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 teaching French and Italian at the college level and utilizing her love of music history in her research.
Rebecca Reichel ’20, President
Hello! My name is Rebecca, I am a senior here at Mount Holyoke studying biochemistry. I joined orchestra my first semester and haven't looked back - although I am current acting president, I started my involvement as an acting stage manager by the end of my first semester. Orchestra has given me both a strong community on campus and a place where all my anxieties can disappear for a little while. In my free time I like finding new artists, spending time with my cat, or exploring the area. My goal is to see the Quabbin Reservoir before graduating next spring!
Zoe Heard ’20, Social Chair
Zoe is a senior 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 ’21, Communications Officer
Caitlin is a junior 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.
Hope Rogers ’22, Librarian
Class year: 2022
Majors: Music, Environmental Studies
Fun fact: Loves taking public transportation
Favorite orchestra memory: Sight reading with the orchestra at the end of the year
Sarah Day ’22, Publicity Chair
Sarah is a sophomore from Seattle, WA, and a cellist in MHSO. They are pursuing a double major in English and Music. Sarah has been making music for 12 years, and has studied cello for 8. In their free time, Sarah enjoys long-term creative writing projects, digital and traditional art, and the Great British Bake Off. They’re looking forward to more wonderful years with MHSO!
Ava Provolo ’22, Communications Manager
Ava is a sophomore from Guilford, CT and a percussionist! She is an English and Spanish double major and really wants to write comedy for a living. She has been playing for 8 years and her favorite percussion instrument is timpani and would love to play in a pit again. She loves reading, running, playing tunes on her radio show, and spending time outside. She is so excited to be more involved in orchestra and to support the percussion section!
Abby McNally '21, Treasurer
Abby is a violist from New Hampshire. She is a junior 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.