Dr. Mark Hopkins is a Professor in the School of Music at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He is founding Conductor of the Acadia University Wind Ensemble, and teaches undergraduate and graduate Conducting courses, Music Education foundation courses, SoundPainting, and oversees Wind Music performance at Acadia University.
Dr. Hopkins is in demand as a guest conductor and music education consultant. In 2003 Dr. Hopkins was appointed Associate Conductor of the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, one of Canada’s finest auditioned, student wind ensembles. He is Artistic Director of the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble (2008-2011, 2013-present), and is Past President of the Nova Scotia Band Association. In 2007 composer Derek Charke and Dr. Hopkins collaborated to create the new music festival “Shattering the Silence”. Dr. Hopkins’s work as a conductor can be heard leading the WIRED! ensemble on the cd Live Wired, released in February 2015, and on the cd In Sonorous Falling Tones, released in June 2017. He was recognized for his work as a conductor with an Arts Nova Scotia Established Artist Recognition Award in 2016. He was Artistic Director of the Land’s End Chamber Ensemble (2003-2006), earning two consecutive Western Canada Music Awards.
Dr. Hopkins is much in demand as a guest conductor. In September 2010 Dr. Hopkins led his debut performance as Guest Conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, conducting Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1947), a work of great importance to his research and performance oeuvre. In Canada, he has guest-conducted bands and orchestras in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec. Abroad, he has led collegiate and professional performances in the United States, Bermuda, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, and Romania.
A native of Toronto, Dr. Hopkins earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory while serving as Assistant to Frank L. Battisti, and was awarded the Gunther Schuller Medal at graduation. Dr. Hopkins taught music in high schools for twelve years, including seven years service as Chair of the Music Department at Upper Canada College in Toronto. His professional work as a Conductor spans the full range of ensembles and genres. He is Founding Music Director (Emeritus) of the Toronto Wind Orchestra and the Alberta Winds, freelance professional wind ensembles in Toronto and Calgary. Prior to his appointment at Acadia University, Dr. Hopkins lectured and conducted the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Choirs at Hanover College in Indiana (1999-2002), and led ensembles and taught at the University of Calgary in Alberta (2002-2005).
B.Mus. (1982) University of Toronto
B.Ed. (1983) University of Western Ontario
M.Mus. (1997) University of Calgary
D.M.A. (2000) New England Conservatory