Dr. Chiwei Hui

University of Wisconsin-Stout
Assistant Conductor, Madison Early Music Festival
Director, Eliza's Toyes
Communication Studies, Foreign Languages, and Performing Arts Department
College of Arts, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 316F Applied Arts
Phone: 715-232-2084
Email: huic@uwstout.edu
Personal website: jerryhui.com

Brief Biography

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. Described by critics as “seriously fun”, and with “accomplished contrapuntal texture.”, his composition has won prizes including the Robert Helps Prize 2008, and received commission that was featured at the World Saxophone Congress. As a conductor, Dr. Hui has founded and directed various community choirs, church choirs, chamber ensembles and orchestras. At home in both early and contemporary music, he has performed often as baritone and countertenor. 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 which has been featured on Wisconsin Public Radio. He is currently the director of choral activities at University of Wisconsin-Stout, conductor at the Menomonie Singers, assistant conductor at the Madison Early Music Festival, and artistic director of the Schola Cantorum of Eau Claire. A native of Hong Kong, Jerry Hui received his DMA degree in music composition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 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.

Research Interests: Early music; historically informed performance practices; contemporary choral music

Professional Interests: Arts entrepreneurship; interdisciplinary creativity


  • Cantonese (Fluent/Native/Near Native)
  • German (Conversational)
  • Estonian (Conversational)
  • Mandarin (Fluent/Native/Near Native)

Office Hours

Day Time
Mo We 11:05 - 12:00
Tu 10:00 - 11:00


    • DMA Music Composition
      University of Wisconsin-Madison
      Madison, WI, United States, 2011
    • MM Music Composition and Choral Conducting
      University of Oregon
      Eugene, OR, United States, 2007
    • BA Music Composition and Computer Science
      University of Wisconsin-Madison
      Madison, WI, United States, 2004

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Communication Studies, Foreign Languages, and Performing Arts Department

        2013 -
      • UW-Madison
        Pre-concert Lecturer
      • UW-Madison
        Undergraduate Composition Mentoring
      • UW-Madison Continuing Education, Introduction to Part Song

      • UW-Madison Continuing Education, Schola Cantorum

        2009 - 2011
      • UW-Madison, Masters Singers
        2008 - 2009
      • University of Oregon, University Singers
      • University of Oregon, Balinese Gamelan
        Teaching Assistant
        2004 - 2007
      • University of Oregon, Repertory Singers
        2005 - 2006


      • Madison Early Music Festival
        Assistant Conductor
        2012 -
      • Eliza's Toyes
        2007 -
      • Voces Aestatis
      • Madison Choral Project
      • Luther Memorial Church
        2012 - 2013
      • New Music Everywhere/New Muse
        Co-Founder and director
        2010 - 2013
      • Madison Bach Musicians
        2010 - 2011
      • Divine Savior United Methodist Church
        2009 - 2011
      • Four Seasons Theater
        2008 - 2010
      • Private conducting lessons

        2004 - 2010
      • Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium
      • Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium
        Assistant conductor
      • Albany Consort
        2008 - 2009
      • Museko
        Co-Founder and director
        2007 - 2009
      • University of California-Santa Barbara Composers Orchestra
        Guest conductor
      • Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
        Founder and director
        2005 - 2007
      • Sospiro
        2004 - 2007
      • New Frontiers Chamber Symphony
        2005 - 2006
      • Eugene Symphony
        Assistant Choral Conductor
      • Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium
      • Museko
        Co-Founder and director
        2001 - 2004



    • Evensen, E., Hui, C., Pontuti, K., Svanoe, E., Kuuskoski, J., & Savvidou, P. (February 19, 2015). Creativity to Reality: Arts Entrepreneurship Panel. , Menomonie, WI, United States.

    Guest Lecture

    • Hui, C. (2009). . , De Pere, WI, United States.
    • Hui, C. (2008). . Robert Helps Festival, Tampa, FL, United States.

Applied Research


    • Piffaro
      Happiffaro Birthday (May 2015)
    • Nicolas Horvath (Paris, France)
      Meditation of Siddhartha (May 2014)
    • Scott MacPherson (Madison, WI)
      Three Poems by Lorine Niedecker (August 2012)
    • Chris Dickhaus and Jonathan Kuuskoski (World Saxophone Congress, St. Andrews, Scotland)
      Wyoming Palette for the Anhinga Duo (July 2012)
    • Colla Voce, Dr. Larry Wyatt, conductor (Society of Composers Inc. (SCI) 2010 National Conference (Columbia, SC))
      Ave verum corpus: After Mozart (November 2010)
    • Hong Kong Young People's Chorus (HKYPC), Virginia Cheng, conductor (Hong Kong)
      Salmo 150 (August 2010)
    • UW Concert Choir, Jerry Hui, conductor (Menomonie WI)
      Pastorales (2009)
    • The University of Wisconsin- Madison Communications
      On Wisconsin (arrangement) (November 2009)
    • St. Norbert Abbey (De Pere, WI)
      A Prophetic Day (September 2009)
    • HKYPC, Felix Shuen, conductor (Hong Kong)
      Ave verum corpus: After Mozart (August 2009)
    • Chia-Chien Goh, violin (SCI 2009 National Conference (Santa Fe, NM))
      White Tiger Evil Star (April 2009)
    • ATB soli and SATB mixed chorus. C4 Ensemble, David Rentz, conductor (New York City)
      Stabat Mater (February 2009)
    • Chia-Chien Goh, violin (SCI 2009 Region VI Conference (Oklahoma City, OK))
      White Tiger Evil Star (February 2009)

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research


    • Hui, C. UW-Madison New Arts Venture Challenge. (Funded).
    • Hui, C. Dane County Culture Affairs Commission. (Funded).
    • Hui, C. Travel grant. Sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Madison (Funded).

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships


    • Outstanding Alumni Award, University of Wisconsin-Richland (2015)
    • Nakatani Teaching Learning Center Teaching Champions, (2014)
    • The American Prize Choral Composition, Semi-Finalist, (2013)
    • Robert Helps Prize, University of South Florida (2008)
    • Bolz Teaching/Project Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2007)
    • Graduate Research Award, University of Oregon (2006)


    • Brush Creek Artist Residency, (April 2012)
    • Concerto Competition (Composition), University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008)
    • Choral Commission Project, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2004)
    • Concerto Competition (Composition), University of Wisconsin-Madison (2004)


    • Yamaha In-Residence Fellowship, College Music Society and Yamaha (2010)



    • Board of Advisors, Madison Early Music Festival (September 2010 - Present)