The American Prize winning conductor Tianhui Ng is Music Director of the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra (USA). His innovative programming has been acknowledged with grants from institutions such as the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Arts Council of Singapore, Singapore International Foundation, Women’s Philharmonic, and WomenArts, in addition to other awards from the Oregon Bach Festival, the Dartington International Music Festival, the Yale School of Music, and the Singapore Government Public Service Commission.
An advocate of new music, he has assisted in and premiered new works by Pulitzer and Rome Prize winners such as Curt Cacioppo, Aaron Jay Kernis, Robert Kyr, David Sanford, and Joan Tower, and many young composers. He is particularly proud of his commissioning work, which has helped composers like Chen Zhangyi garner international prizes such as the London Symphony Orchestra Prize. His 2001 direction of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress was praised by the Birmingham Post (UK) for its “high orchestral quality” while his 2014 premiere of Mary D. Watkins’s Civil Rights era opera, Dark River, was critically acclaimed in the United States.
Tian has conducted orchestras around the world including the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), Dartington Festival Orchestra (UK), Orchestra of the Royal Opera of Wallonie (Belgium), and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra (USA), and musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra (UK), Orquestra de Cadaqués (Spain), Scottish Chamber Orchestra (UK), Tempesta di Mare (USA), and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Canada). A versatile musician, he is equally at home in the realm of choral music and has conducted ensembles like the Stuttgart Chamber Choir (Germany), Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus (USA), Oregon Bach Festival Chorus (USA), Yale Schola Cantorum (USA), and the Young Person’s Chorus of New York (USA). He has collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as Dashon Burton, Tyler Duncan, Marcus Eiche, Jamie-Rose Guarrine, Ayano Kataoka, Ilya Polataev, Gary Steigerwalt, Astrid Schween, Sara Davis Buechner, Hanna Elisabeth Müller, Nicholas Phan, James Taylor, Gilles Vonsattel and Soyoung Yoon.
Tian’s irrepressible musical spirit first expressed itself when he conducted a choir of kindergarden children in his native Singapore at the age of five. A pianist, singer and trombonist, he later studied composition and early music at the University of Birmingham (UK) where he discovered his love for Stravinsky and contemporary music. Returning home, he helped found one of the first contemporary music ensembles in the country, and was soon composing for animation, dance, film, chorus, and orchestra. It was during this time that he discovered his affinity for inter-disciplinary work and created the groundbreaking site-specific community-based arts festival, NOMAD, with which he has won awards from the Singapore National Arts Council. His works have since been heard in diverse settings such as the Hong Kong Film Festival, Animation World Magazine (USA), and Apsara Asia Dance (Singapore). Ng Tian Hui continued his education at the Yale School of Music (USA) where he helped to start a new tradition with the music of his graduation recital reflecting on war and conflict. There, he fed his passion for the masterworks of the choral orchestral repertoire, assisting such renowned interpreters as Nicholas McGegan, Masaaki Suzuki, Dale Warland, Simon Carrington, Marguerite Brooks and Jeffrey Douma. His recent studies have included work with Paolo Arrivabeni, John Carewe, Peter Eötvös, Kurt Masur, and Michel Tabachnik.
In the 2017/2018 Season, Mr. Ng looks forward to music ranging from Brahms’s Violin Concerto, to Olabode Omojola’s new opera Irin Ajo, Holst’s Planets and Zimmer’s Interstellar.
Samantha Levreault, General Manager
Samantha Levreault graduated from Mount Holyoke College in May 2017 with a B.A. in Music, and Environmental Studies. After Mount Holyoke College, Sam became the full-time Administrative Assistant at the Northampton Community Music Center, in Northampton, MA. In October 2018, Sam became the Victory Player’s Ensemble Manger.
Full-time administrative assistant by day, and flutist by night, Sam rehearses and performs around the Pioneer Valley in various chamber groups, orchestras, flute ensembles, special events, and solo recitals. In 2017, Sam was awarded first place in American Protégé’s International Woodwinds and Brass Competition, and performed at Weill Recital Hall in New York City, at Carnegie Hall, in 2018. She participated in the New England Conservatory’s Metropolitan Flute Orchestra in July of 2018, and will perform again with the MET Flute Orchestra in July of 2019.
Sam also teaches flute around Western Massachusetts. She teaches all ages and enjoys working with beginner flutists who are just starting out their musical journey. Many of Sam’s students are high school flutists competing in MMEA’s Districts and All-state competitions. Her students have been accepted into the Junior, Senior, and All-state Festivals. Some of her students have gone on to be the first chairs of the local Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Boston Youth Philharmonic. Not all of Sam’s students are in grade school, though. One of Sam’s favorite teaching positions is with the Pioneer Valley New Horizons Band, a band for retired senior citizens.