Department of Music

Kathleen Butler-Hopkins

Professor of Violin, Viola and Chamber Music
219 Fine Arts

Kathleen Butler-Hopkins is a violinist who has concertized in major forums in the United States and Europe.  She is a veteran of both the Tanglewood festival and the “Yale in Norfolk” summer music programs, and her many concert credits include performances in both Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York.  In addition to her activities as soloist and chamber musician, she has served as assistant concertmaster for the Boston Civic Symphony, and as concertmaster for other regional orchestras along the east coast.
Presently, Dr. Butler-Hopkins is Professor of Violin, Viola, and Chamber Music at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University School of Music, where she was a scholarship student of Broadus Erle, Syoko Aki, Sally Thomas, and Joseph Silverstein, former concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  At Yale, she was chosen as the School of Music student marshal, in the year of her graduation, for outstanding work done during the course of her doctoral degree program.  She received both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and has attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.  Dr. Butler-Hopkins also holds the Fellowship degree in violin and the Associate degree in piano from Trinity College of Music, London, England.  She has studied chamber music with Gilbert Kalish, Gunther Schuller, and members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Tokyo, and Budapest String Quartets, and received a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study the string quartets of Beethoven with Lewis Lockwood at Harvard University.  Under the auspices of the Fulbright-Hays Fellowship Program, she completed a year of study with Professor Wolfgang Schneiderhan at the Vienna State Academy, Austria.

Since joining the faculty of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Dr. Butler-Hopkins has served as concertmaster and soloist with the Fairbanks Symphony and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra, and as a member of the Alaska Trio, the Alaska Chamber Ensemble, and the Alaska Chamber Players.  She has appeared as violin and viola soloist with the Fairbanks Youth Orchestra. She has performed as concertmaster for orchestras with the Western Opera Theater, the Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre, and the Fairbanks Choral Arts Orchestra.   She has participated in convention performances across the country.  Her prize-winning students have distinguished themselves at such festivals as Tanglewood, Meadowmount, Musicorda, Bowdoin, Encore, and Indiana Summer String Academy, and have won a variety of awards including the Northwest Division of the MTNA Collegiate Auditions.  Dr. Butler-Hopkins has been on the faculty of the UAF Summer Fine Arts Camp, the UAF Summer Music Academy, the Juneau Jazz and Classics String Workshop, the String Symposium sponsored by the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, and the Fairbanks Suzuki Institute.  She has coached chamber music at the Central Pennsylvania Suzuki Institute and is a faculty member at the Lake Placid Institute for Arts and Humanity Chamber Music Seminar.   Dr. Butler-Hopkins has been a contributor to Strings magazine, was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, has numerous “Who’s Who” listings, and is a member of UAF’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.  She received a UAF College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award, was named String Teacher of the Year by the Alaska String Teachers Association, and was a recipient of the prestigious Usibelli Distinguished Service Award.