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 utilised 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.