2008 Robert Helps Prize Winner

Jerry (Chiwei) Hui, Composer Conductor

Winning work: Of Water and Love
a work for chamber chorale, piano and clarinet-in-A

Jerry (Chiwei) Hui has written a wide variety of music that ranges from music for orchestra that brings the soundscape of the East into Western orchestra to light-hearted choral arrangement of pop and jazz tunes. As a late-bloomer who did not start serious music training until undergraduate, Mr. Hui has already written for numerous musicians, campus ensembles and community ensembles. His music has been performed in festivals such as the Music Today Festival in Eugene and Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium. His choral piece Of Water & Love was recently awarded the 2008 Robert Helps Prize. His orchestral piece Wang Zhao Jun made him the first undergraduate to win the University of Wisconsin Madison Concerto Competition in 2004. Moon in the Black Mountains for solo flute was recently heard in SCI Student National Conference 2006, held in Arizona State University in Phoenix, AZ. Erythros: Four Variations in Red, his first half-evening multimedia work, was premiered on March 10 2007 at the University of Oregon, funded partially by the University of Oregon Graduate Research Award.

As a conductor, Mr. Hui has founded and directed various community choirs, church choirs, and orchestras. He was the founder, director and conductor of Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble in Eugene, OR, focusing on contemporary music, with a repertoire that included Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire, Webern’s Concerto, Adams’ Gnarly Buttons, Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, and works by student composers. He had also appeared in the Eugene Symphony concert in October 2005 as an assistant choral conductor, in Holst’s The Planets. He is active in conducting for fellow composers, and has premiered over 20 new works in the past three years. Currently he is the director of Museko, a Madison, WI choir multicultural in both its singers and repertoire.

Jerry Hui is active as a performer, primarily singing in small vocal ensembles and choruses. He has sung in many top-standing choirs such as University of Wisconsin Concert Choir and Chorale, University of Oregon Chamber Choir, and Eugene Symphony Chorus. He has often appeared as a baritone or tenor soloist. In small vocal ensemble setting, Mr. Hui has sung both early and contemporary music as a bass, tenor or alto. He is also interested in Renaissance dances and gestures, and has performed in the Madison Early Music Festival and University of Oregon Collegium Musicum. Currently he is singing with Eliza’s Toyes and Faryfax Ensemble, both in Madison WI.

A native of Hong Kong, Jerry Hui is pursuing a DMA degree in music composition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Bachelor’s degree in music composition and computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Masters degree in music composition and choral conducting from the University of Oregon. Mr. Hui’s principal composition teachers include David Crumb, Stephen Dembski, Robert Kyr, Joel Naumann and Laura Schwendinger. His conducting teachers are Bruce Gladstone, Sharon Paul, Hirvo Surva, and Beverly Taylor.

2008 Competition Jury:

Svetozar Ivanov

Robert Summer

Michael Sidney Timpson

Richard Zielinski


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