Biography

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-directs 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 Renaissance and contemporary music as a bass, tenor and countertenor, and is also interested in Renaissance dances and gestures. Past performances include Handel’s Clori, Tirsi e Fileno (Fileno) in the Bay Area, and Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King in Madison, Wisconsin. He is currently directing and performing with Eliza’s Toyes, a chamber ensemble in Madison specialized in creative and interdisciplinary performances of early music.

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, Bruce Gladstone, Hirvo Surva, and Paul Flight.

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Jerry (Chiwei) Hui has written a wide variety of music that ranges from serious concert art music to humorous choral arrangements. His music has been performed in the United States, Germany, France, Scotland, Indonesia and Hong Kong by community choirs, campus ensembles, and professional groups. His composition has won prizes including the Robert Helps Prize 2008, and received commissions that will be featured in the World Saxophone Congress.

As a conductor, Dr. Hui has founded and directed various community choirs, church choirs, chamber ensembles and orchestras. He has performed often as a singer of early and contemporary music. He is active in performing for fellow composers, and has premiered over 30 new works. He is directing and performing with Eliza’s Toyes, a vocal sextet specialized in early music. Recently he has joined the faculty of University of Wisconsin-Stout as the Director of Choral Activities.

A native of Hong Kong, Jerry Hui received his DMA degree in music composition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 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, Bruce Gladstone, Hirvo Surva, and Paul Flight.

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The music of prize-winning composer Jerry (Chiwei) Hui has been performed frequently in the United States, Germany, France, Scotland, Indonesia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. As a conductor, Dr. Hui has founded and directed various ensembles, and has performed often as a singer of early and contemporary music. He is active in performing for fellow composers, and has premiered over 30 new works. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he is currently directing Eliza’s Toyes (early music), and is the director of choral activities at University of Wisconsin-Stout. More at www.jerryhui.com.

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