Department of Music

John Hopkins

Fine Arts 201C

John Hopkins received his Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from The University of Iowa. In addition to teaching voice at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, he directs the Choir of the North, the Alaska Camerata and the UAF Opera Workshop. Dr. Hopkins has been active as a conductor, adjudicator and clinician for Alaska and Northern Nevada/California regional music festivals. He has conducted at the Northwest Regional Convention of the American Choral Directors Association and has contributed articles to The Choral Journal and Strings magazines. His arrangements of choral works by Irving Fine are published by Boosey and Hawkes. Dr. Hopkins has been accepted three times as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and has participated in summer programs at Westminster Choir College, including performances with the Westminster Choir at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. Dr. Hopkins has appeared as baritone soloist with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, the Arctic Chamber Orchestra and the University Chorus. While at The University of Iowa, he performed various operatic, oratorio and musical roles. Before graduate school, he sang for one year with the chorus of the Hessiches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, Germany. During his tour of military duty, he was a member of the U.S. Air Force Bands and directed the Voices of S.A.C., the vocal show ensemble of the Strategic Air Command Band at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Dr. Hopkins has served as President of the Alaska Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and Governor of the Alaska Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He has also served as Musical Director for productions of the Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre.