Dr. Mark Hopkins is an Associate 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, 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, nationally auditioned, student wind ensembles. He is Artistic Director of the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble (2008-2011, 2013-present), and is embarking on his second term as President of the Nova Scotia Band Association. In 2007 composer Derek Charke and Dr. Hopkins collaborated to create Shattering the Silence, an innovative new music festival (visit http://www.shatteringthesilence.ca to learn more about this festival.) Dr. Hopkins’s work can be heard leading the NBG ensemble on the cd Live Wired, released in February 2015. He was Artistic Director of the Land’s End Chamber Ensemble (2003-2006), one of Calgary’s premiere new music ensembles. During his tenure Land’s End won two consecutive Western Canada Music Awards (2005, 2006) for their recordings, Four Degrees of Freedom and Rolling Down No. 1. 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).