Location: North Carolina, USA
Dr. Stephen M. Hopkins is Director of Choral Activities in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, a position he has held since 1992. He conducts the Chamber Singers and University Singers and teaches choral conducting, choral techniques, and choral literature at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His previous teaching experience includes two years as Director of Choral Activities at West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas and seven years of public school teaching in Tennessee and Texas. A native of Paris, Tennessee, Dr. Hopkins holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Choral Conducting from the University of Texas at Austin and received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray State University. He is a member of Music Educators National Conference and the American Choral Directors Association and has contributed articles to the Choral Journal. Under his direction, the University Singers has appeared at state, regional, and national American Choral Directors Association conventions. Additionally, this ensemble has provided promotional recordings for Hinshaw Music, Inc. In April of 2006, he received two university teaching awards. He was designated the “Hayes School of Music Teacher of the Year,” an award voted on by the Dean’s Student Advisory Council. He was also chosen as one of seven faculty members honored with a University Award for Excellence in Teaching, a university-wide award chosen by the Faculty Awards Committee. Dr. Hopkins is a frequent guest clinician and adjudicator. Most recently, he conducted the North Carolina 9-10 High School All-State Chorus. An active composer and arranger, his compositions "Jonah!" “Dear John, Dear John,” and “When Jesus Was Born” are published by Hinshaw Music, Inc., and “A Child Like You” by Carl Fischer. Dr. Hopkins has served as Director of Choral Activities for Cannon Music Camp since 1993 and has been Camp Director since the 2001 camp session.