Jerry (Chiwei) Hui has written a wide variety of music that ranges from large-scale orchestral music to light-hearted choral text settings. His music has been performed in festivals such as the Music Today Festival in Eugene, Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, Society of Composers conferences (regional and national), and the World Saxophone Congress. His choral piece Of Water & Love was awarded the 2008 Robert Helps Prize. The live premiere of his first comic chamber opera, Wired For Love, was well received by critics, who described the music as “seriously fun”, and with “accomplished contrapuntal texture.”
As a conductor, Dr. 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, Oregon, focusing on contemporary music, with a repertoire that included works by Schoenberg, Webern, Adams, Stravinsky, as well as student composers. He had also conducted the Eugene Symphony Chorus and Madison Early Music Festival. In 2010, Mr. Hui founded and co-directed the ensemble New Music Everywhere, presenting contemporary music in venue-specific programs, funded by the Yamaha In-Residence Fellowship and the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission of Wisconsin. He is now the Director of Choral Activities at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Jerry Hui is active as a performer, primarily singing in small vocal ensembles and choruses, and has often appeared as a vocal soloist. Mr. Hui has sung as a bass, tenor and countertenor, with a primary interest in early music and contemporary music. Past performances include Handel’s Clori, Tirsi e Fileno (Fileno), Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. He is currently directing and performing with two early music ensembles: Eliza’s Toyes <http://toyes.info>, which specializes in creative and interdisciplinary performances of early music; and Schola Cantorum of Eau Claire <http://scholaec.org>, the first early music chamber choir of its kind in northern Wisconsin.
A native of Hong Kong, Jerry Hui received his DMA degree in music composition/choral conducting from 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 degrees 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 Beverly Taylor, Sharon Paul, and Bruce Gladstone.
The music of prize-winning composer Jerry (Chiwei) Hui has been performed frequently and internationally. Dr. Hui is active as a conductor and singer of both early and contemporary music. Based in Chippewa Falls, WI, he is currently directing ensembles Eliza’s Toyes, Schola Cantorum of Eau Claire, the Menomonie Singers, and teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Http://jerryhui.com