Dr HO, Sung Chi Steve   何崇志
Assistant Professor
Department of Cultural and Creative Arts
Phone No: (852) 2948 7638
Email: sscho@eduhk.hk
Contact
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Phone
(852) 2948 7638
Email
sscho@eduhk.hk
Research Interest

Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Music Composition

Film Scoring and Musical and Concert Work

Expanding the repertoire of choral work in the Cantonese language for children and youth

Technology Application in Music Making Process

Teaching Interest

Kyeboard Harmony, Composition, Computer application in music production,

External Appointment

Adjunct Professor of the South China Normal University;

Composer in Residence of the Hong Kong Children's Choir;

Choir Professional Consultant, Yuen Long District Arts Committee Treble Choir

Artistic Advisor of the Hong Kong Treble Choir

Professional Profile

Multi-award winning composer: Dr. Ho (Steve Ho) obtained his DMA from the University of British Columbia, Canada; his M.Mus and B.Mus (hon) from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He has received awards from both the commercial and the academic fields such as his mass choral work Music of the Spheres which received the CASH Golden Sail for the Most Performed Local Serious Music 2005; his film score for the widely popular animation My life as Mcdull received the HK Film Award for best film score in 2002; in addition, his chamber Variations for 2 and orchestral work The Poet's Death has also received international prices such as the Silver prize in the William St. Clair Low Award in 1988 and the first prize in PROCAN of Canada 1989 respectively.

In addition, three of the motion pictures for which Dr. Ho composed the scores, have also received international awards, such as My life as Mcdull for the French Annecy Award 2003 for best animated film, Mcdull, Prince de la bun for the Taiwan Golden Horse award 2004 and more recently, McDull, me and my mom has also won the Taiwan Golden Horse Award 2016 for the best-animated picture.

His past notable commissioning patrons include the United Filmmakers Organization, Bliss Pictures Ltd, the Baptist University of HK and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra to name a few. Ho’s compositional palate ranges from the experimental and classical to popular and jazz. His commissioned works include commercial film scores, original musicals, orchestral and chamber works as well as a large output of choral works.

Composer in the field: His compositions have been recorded by BMG Taiwan, Marco Polo(Naxos), Sundream records, Sunwah Media, Bliss Media and others. His award-winning film scores - the soundtracks My life as Mcdull- has revived an interest from students and teachers alike towards classical music, and the CD continues to gain a cult following for his fresh approach to writing – sometimes jazzy, sometimes witty, sometimes serious, but always colorful and with the musical depth of a serious composer.

Lyricist, librettist and Choral Writer: Ho’s choral works are a grassroots affair, with increasing popularity throughout years of regular programming in concerts and festivals. Ho is passionate about using the Cantonese language in serious choral writing, infusing local colors into an international framework. The result is an output of 80 plus choral works and 6 musicals to date in his mother tongue, Cantonese. In pieces like 請勿靠近車門 - Please stand back from the Doors (a fugal choral work) and 藍色月光光 - Blue Moon Lullaby (a fusion of jazz and Cantonese folk song), Ho marries the high art of western music to the cultural colors of HK. Subsequently, Ho has contributed to enrich the choral repertoire, raising the profile of Cantonese language in the art form of choral writing. It was a great moment when his work In One Accord 只有和聲 was performed by choirs who speak no Cantonese in Beijing and in Taiwan.

Works of Recognized Standard: Ho’s works are not only featured repeatedly in concerts across the globe but they also have been chosen as part of the compulsory repertoire and syllabi in such festivals as the "Canadian Pacific Piano Competition 2000" (Wave Dance), the "Canadian Piano Odyssey competition 2001" (The Flight of Lady Sheng-Er), the Hong Kong Schools Speech and Music Festival (Legend of the Longing Rock - 2013) and the British Columbia Conservatory of Music Syllabus, Canada (Five Impressions on Sakura - Piano 2015), making Ho a composer that is connected to professional musicians and students at large.

The Educator: Recently appointed Adjunct Professorship by the South China Normal University, Dr. Ho is often invited to give lectures locally and internationally. He brings to the classroom practical applications in composition, leading small groups to brainstorm and improvise. In addition, his choral works have been published and adopted by the HK children’s choir as part of their regular curriculum, teaching generations of children to sing.

The Performer: A pianist who enjoys playing live music with other musicians, he is often invited to perform on stage for charity and community events, performing duo piano with such artists as Nancy Loo, Warren Lee, and prof. Peter Schneider, and the Piano Ensemble of Canada. Ho’s creativity extends to concert programming and multi-media presentation. He is as much at home performing on stage for a thousand as he is mastering a recording session in his studio, utilizing the most up-to-date music software.

Research Interest

Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Music Composition

Film Scoring and Musical and Concert Work

Expanding the repertoire of choral work in the Cantonese language for children and youth

Technology Application in Music Making Process

Teaching Interest

Kyeboard Harmony, Composition, Computer application in music production,

External Appointment

Adjunct Professor of the South China Normal University;

Composer in Residence of the Hong Kong Children's Choir;

Choir Professional Consultant, Yuen Long District Arts Committee Treble Choir

Artistic Advisor of the Hong Kong Treble Choir

Selected Output

Creative and Literary Works, Consulting Reports and Case Studies
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2019). Voyager 1 (航行者一號). Choral work presented at the Grand Prix of Nations and the 4th European Choir Games, Gothenburg 2019. Sweden: Grand Prix of Nations and the 4th European Choir Games, Gothenburg.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2018). In One Accord - a choral work. 2018 Belt & Road World Choir Festival and the World Youth and Children’s Choral Artist Association. Hong Kong: 2018 Belt & Road World Choir Festival and co-hosted by the World Youth and Children’s Choral Artist Association.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2018). Rivers to the Sea - a choral work. 2018 American Choral Directors Association North Central/Southern Region Conference. Chicago, USA: The American Choral Directors Association.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2017). Hong Kong Express - a Musical. World Youth and Children's Choral Festival 2017. Hong Kong: The World Youth and Children’s Choir Artists’ Association and The China Music Education.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2017). Chinese and Western Music Concert in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR. Hong Kong.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2016). Mcdull, the rise of the rice cooker: original film score for the feature length animation. 21st Busan International Film Festival. Busan, Korea: Sunwah Vision Film Distribution Limited and Super Star Universal Limited.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2016). Blue Moon Lullaby 藍色月光光: for SSA and piano. World Choir Game 2016. Sochi, Russia: The Hong Kong Yuen Long Children's Choir.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2016). 傳說中的阿里郎 Legend of Arirang - Arrangement of folk songs from Korea for SSA, piano and korean percussions, performed by the Hong Kong Children's Choir. HKCC & Friends, a CD publication. Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Children's Choir.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2016). 望夫山- Longing Rock, SA and piano,. Published in the HKCC's Intermediate Songbook & CD, part of the set repertoire used for the Hong Kong Children's Choir. Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Children's Choir.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2016). Street Maze of Hong Kong, SSAA a Capella work. HKCC and Friends II, a CD publication. Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Children's Choir.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2015). McDull, me and my mom (麥兜、我和我媽媽): original film score for the feature length animation, winner of 2016 Taiwan Golden Horse (金馬奬) for best animation. Film work showcased in the Reel Asian International Film Festival. Toronto, Canada: Sunwah Media.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2015). 話我知 a choral work for SA choir,. The Hong Kong Children Choir Junior Songbook & CD, part of the set repertoire used for the Hong Kong Children's Choir, a 5000-member choral institution. Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Children's Choir.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2015). 韻樂共流 Let Music Flow: SSA and Piano. World Choral Expo 2015. Macau, China: International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM), The Hong Kong Children's Choir.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2015). 何崇志廣東話作品專輯 The Steve Ho Choral Album - Cantonese compilation. 霍嘉敏編輯 Kathy Fok (Ed.), 本地作曲家系列 (Local Composers' Series). Hong Kong: 香港兒童合唱團 (Hong Kong Children's Choir).
Steve Ho (Ho, Sung-chi) 何崇志 (2015). Five Impressions on Sakura: a solo piano work. Published in the Horizons – The New Conservatory Series for the Canadian BC Music Conservatory's Grade 10 piano examination (134-137). British Columbia, Canada: British Columbia Conservatory of Music.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2015). When The Eastern Moon Is Over The Western Sky 東月西城 - for piano, orchestra and treble choir. Gala Concert, Pianist: Steinway Artist Mr. Warren Lee. London, United Kingdom: Lansons & Hong Kong Economic, Trade Office London and St. Paul's Co-educational College.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2015). 東方交響曲 (Songs of Asia). Eruopa Canata XIX - Night of Choirs, performed by the Hong Kong Children's Choir. Pecs, Hungary: Eruopa Canata.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2015). I have decided to follow Jesus: Piano arrangement. Hymns on Piano. Hong Kong, China: 44th Hong Kong Arts Festival Plus, Pianist - Miss Nancy Loo.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2014). Yo! - for SSA, piano and percussion, performed by the Hong Kong Children's Choir. Daegu KBS TV program. Daegu, South Korea: Daegu KBS TV Station.
Steve Ho (2013). Dialogue in Music - a duo piano concert - Pianists: Dr. Steve Ho and Steinway Artist Mr. Warren Lee. Broadway Church. Vancouver, Canada: FarEast Broadcast of Canada and TomLee music of Canada.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2012). 功夫狂想曲 (Kung Fu Rhapsody): for piano and orchestra. Shenzhen Hong Kong Symphony Night v.1. Shenzhen, China: Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Shenzhen and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2009). Mcdull, Kung fu kindergarten 麥兜響噹噹. 28th Vancouver International Film Festival. Vancouver, Canada: Bliss Concepts Ltd. HK.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2009). Ticket 車票, original film score for the feature length movie. Beijing, China: Bona Film Group Limited, Hong Kong.
Steve Ho (2007). This is Love - hymn edition - CD album of arrangements and an original composition. Kryios Production. Vancouver, Canada: Grace Melodia.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2006). 廣州傳說 A Tale of Guangzhou - a musical. Zhongshan Memorial Hall 中山纪念堂. Guangzhou, China: Guangzhou Youth Palace.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2006). Mcdull, the alumni, original film score. Bliss Concepts. Hong Kong: Applause Picture Ltd.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2005). This is Love, CD album of original compositions. 英雄被困筲箕灣. Hong Kong: Network J of Hong Kong.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2004). Mcdull, Prince de la bun 麥兜菠蘿油王子, arrangement and original music for the full length feature animation, winner of the 41 Golden Horse Film Award(金馬奬) for best animation. Taipei, Taiwan.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2004). Mcdull, the television series, original music to the 13 episodes. Bliss Concepts. Hong Kong: i-Cable Television.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2004). Hong Kong Rocks 石孩子, an original musical,. The Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre. Hong Kong, China: The Hong Kong Children's Choir.
Steve Ho (2004). Fly Chicken Fly, a musical. Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Treble Choir.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2003). Deep Blue and the Magical Grooves, a Musical. Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre. Hong Kong, China: St. Stephen's College.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2003). My life as Mcdull 麥兜故事, arrangement and original music for the full length animation, winner of 21st HK Film Award for best film score. The 27th International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy. Annecy, France: Bliss Pictures Ltd. HK.
Steve Ho (2001). Excreman. CD publication. Hong Kong: Bliss Publication of HK.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (2001). Legend of the Chimes, a multi-media stage musical. Lyric Theatre, Academy of Performing Arts of HK. Hong Kong, China: St. Stephen's College.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (1998). Intimate, original soundtracks. CD publication. Taiwan: BGM/Elite Music Records Taiwan.
Steve Ho (1998). Those Were The Days, original film score. Hong Kong United Film Artist Organisation. Hong Kong: Golden Harvest Film.
Steve Ho (1998). Yesterday You, Yesterday Me, original film score. The United Filmmakers Organisation. Hong Kong: Golden Harvest Film.
Steve Ho 何崇志 (1997). Intimates 自梳, original film score for the feature length movie. The 10th Toyko International Film Festival. Tokyo, Japan: United Filmmakers Organisation (UFO).
Steve Ho (1996). Those Were The Days, original film score. The United Filmmakers Organisation. Hong Kong: Golden Harvest.

Prizes and awards

Golden Sail Award for the Most Performed Local Serious Work

Date of receipt: 6/11/2006, Conferred by: Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH)
 
The 21st The Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Score

Date of receipt: 21/4/2002, Conferred by: Hong Kong Film Awards Association Ltd