“seriously fun” with “accomplished contrapuntal texture”
— John W. Barker, Isthmus
“rich in texture and verbally clever”
— Lindsay Christians, 77Square
Current Affiliated Ensembles
Schola Cantorum of Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin-Stout Choirs
Chippewa Valley Festival Choir
Madison Early Music Festival
Eliza’s Toyes (Madison)
Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
The Menomonie Singers
New Music Everywhere (Madison)
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, he 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 Schola Cantorum of Eau Claire, 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. Dr. 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.
University of Wisconsin-Stout Symphonic Singers and Chamber Choir performing Balleilakka (A.R. Rahmen, arr. Ethan Sperry) at the 2019 Spring Commencement Ceremony. May 4, 2019.
Schola Cantorum of Eau Claire at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Menomonie WI. Nov 20, 2016. Photo: Anna Rybicki.
In The News
Leader-Telegram, 2019-05-12; by William Foy
Drawing a crowd: New chorus to make its debut on powerful work with orchestra
The Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra’s next concert draws on the idea that the city’s new perform- ing arts center can bring the community together.
That’s true from the obvious standpoint of performers and audience members gathering in Pablo Center at the Confluence, but the major piece on the Saturday pro- gram in Pablo Center’s RCU Theatre has required a sizable crowd just counting the ensemble.
Isthmus, 2012-01-12, by John Barker
"Wired for Love" is an opera for the Internet (scam) age: Salutations from Nigeria
We are accustomed nowadays to operas on contemporary themes. But an opera about Internet fraud? About the results of an electronic duel between a Nigerian email scammer and his would-be victim?
That is the subject of the opera Wired for Love. It has its world premiere on Jan. 20 in UW Music Hall's Rennebohm Auditorium with a cast of current and past UW students.
Isthmus, 2012-05-13, by John Barker
Early music group Eliza's Toyes turns to pioneers of the German Baroque
As we speak of The Three B's (Bach, Beethoven, Brahms), so too we hear of The Three S's -- or "The Three Sch's," which is the name of the latest program by the enterprising Madison early music vocal group Eliza's Toyes. It was performed at Gates of Heaven Saturday night.
…Those forces involved eight able, well-blended singers, plus five additional instrumentalists. Participating and leading was the ensemble's founder, Jerry Hui, that versatile, highly gifted musical dynamo who is one of the important sparkplugs in our musical life these days. Madison's musical scene consists of more than just the large and prestigious organizations, and it is the small but enterprising ones, like Eliza's Toyes, that bring us important music not otherwise accessible.