Mark Emerson Hopkins
Dr. Mark Hopkins is an educator, conductor, SoundPainter and Academic at Acadia University. Over his 35+ year career he has taught and conducted ensembles in public schools, private high schools, universities, and maintained an active profile as a professional musician. He is equally in-demand as an educational consultant, conductor, and improvising musician.
Doctor of Musical Arts (2000) Wind Ensemble Conducting-Performance, New England Conservatory. Thesis Title “Interpreting An American Song by Alan Fletcher”, Frank L. Battisti, advisor
Master of Music (1996) Conducting-Performance, University of Calgary. Advanced studies with Dr. Glenn Price, conductor, and Howard Engstrom, trumpet
Bachelor of Education (1983) Intermediate/Senior Qualifications in Music (Honours Specialist) Western University.
Bachelor of Music (1982) Music Education, University of Toronto.
2019 National Band Award from the Canadian Band Association
2018 Appointed Conn-Selmer Artist Conductor and Music Education Consultant (link)
2018 East Coast Music Award nomination for Best Classical CD, “In Sonorous Falling Tones”
2017 Established Artist Award, Arts Nova Scotia.
2011 Acadia Student Union Leadership in Teaching Award
2006 Western Canada Music Award, for the CD “Rollin’ Down #1”, Outstanding Classical CD.
2005 Western Canada Music Award, for the CD “Four Degrees of Freedom”, Outstanding Classical CD.
2000 Gunther Schuller Award, New England Conservatory.
1997 Tuition Scholarship, New England Conservatory.
1996 Tuition Scholarship, University of Calgary.
1988 Don Wright Award for Music Education, University of Western Ontario.
1979 Tuition Scholarship, Academy of Brass, the Banff Centre.
January 2016 Studied with Walter Thompson; earned Level 1 SoundPainting Certification (UMJ, Paris)
Summer 2000 Dr. James Jordan (Westminster Choir College)
1997-1999 Frank L Battisti (New England Conservatory)
1993-1996 Dr. Glenn Price (University of Calgary)
1995-1996 Howard Engstrom (Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra)
1988-1989 Graduate studies in Music Education (Western University)
1988-1989 Erik Schultz (Western University)
1980-1982 Stephen Chenette (University of Toronto)
1977-1980 Larry Weeks (Principal Trumpet, Toronto Symphony Orchestra)
Since 2016 Full Professor, Acadia University
2017-2018 Director, School of Music, Acadia University
2010-2016 Associate Professor, Acadia University
2005-2010 Assistant Professor, Acadia University
2003-2005 Full-time Instructor, University of Calgary
2000-2003 Assistant Professor, Hanover College, Indiana
1989-1997 Chair, Music Department, Upper Canada College, Toronto, ON
1985-1989 Instrumental Music Teacher, Oakville-Trafalgar High School, ON
1983-1985 Instrumental Music Teacher, Milton District High School, ON
Guest Conducting Summary, 2009-2020
(i) Guest Conductor
January 2020 Guest Conductor, Nova Sinfonia (freelance professional orchestra) Halifax NS.
October 2018 Guest Conductor, Alberta Wind Symphony (provincial honour band), Calgary, AB.
May 2019 Led seven performances across Manitoba with the National Youth Band of Canada.
November 2018 Second Chances Band Workshop, Fredericton, NB.
May 2018 Second Chances Band Workshop, Halifax, NS.
March 2017 York University Wind Ensemble, Toronto, ON.
January 2017 Western University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, London, ON.
April 2015 Kei Wai School Band, Hong Kong.
March 2015 Valley Winds Workshop Senior Band, Canmore, AB.
October 2012 British Columbia Senior High School Provincial Honour Band, Richmond, BC.
May 2012 Peel District Senior High School Honour Band, Mississauga Living Arts Centre, ON.
November 2011 Prince Edward Island Senior High School Honour Band, Charlottetown, PEI.
September 2011 Central Ontario Band Workshop Senior High School Honour Band, Waterloo, ON.
January 2011 Prince Edward Island Intermediate Honours Band, Charlottetown, PEI.
January 2011 Winnipeg Region Honour Band, Winnipeg, MB.
September 2010 Eastman Wind Ensemble, Rochester, NY.
October 2009 CBC broadcast with the Darwin-Origins Project, Halifax, NS.
January 2009 CBC broadcast with the Tidal Collective Ensemble and Russel Hartenberger, Wolfville, NS.
November 2006 Ontario Provincial Honour Band Keynote Performance at OMEA Conference, London, ON.
November 2005 Saskatchewan Music Conference Teacher Wind Ensemble.
October 2005 Rockyview District Honour Band, Cochrane, AB.
July 2005 Bucarest Sinfonia, Bucarest, Romania.
July 2003 Orchestra di Fiati della Swizzera Italiana, Lucerne, Switzerland.
February 2003 Alberta International Band Festival Honour Band, Calgary, AB.
October 2001 Southern British Columbia Junior High School Honour Band, Chilliwack, BC.
(ii) Music Camps
July 2009, 2014-2018 Acadia Summer Band Camp, Wolfville, NS.
August 2010 Calgary Summer Performance Band Workshop.
(iii) Adjudicator and Conducting Artist at Music Festivals
March 2018 Montreal MusicFest music festival (in French).
February 2019 Winnipeg Optimist Music Festival
February 2018 Winnipeg Optimist Music Festival.
March 2018 Regina Optimist Music Festival.
April 2017 New Glasgow Music Festival.
February 2017 Ontario Band Association Festival.
April 2016 Rotary Music Festival, St. John’s, NL.
March 2016 Regina Optimist Music Festival.
February 2016 Winnipeg Optimist Music Festival.
May 2014 Halifax Kiwanis Concert Band Festival.
April 2014 London Kiwanis, Brass Solo, Brass Ensemble, and Band Categories, London, NS.
November 2013 Vic Lewis Band Festival, Canmore, AB.
May 2013 Cantando Band Festival, Whistler, BC.
April 2013 Rotary Concert Band Festival, St. John’s, NL.
April 2013 Cantando Band Festival, Edmonton, AB.
February 2013 Optimist Band Festival, Winnipeg, MB.
February 2012 Ontario Band Association Festival, Markham, ON.
February 2012 Alberta International Band Festival, Calgary, AB.
April 2011 Rotary Concert Band Festival, St. John’s, NL.
April 2011 Halifax Kiwanis Concert Band Festival.
February 2011 Optimist Band Festival, Winnipeg, MB.
May 2010 Rotary Concert Band Festival, St. John’s, NL.
May 2010 Truro Music Festival, Truro, NS.
February 2010 Optimist Band Festival, Winnipeg, MB.
February 2009 Alberta International Band Festival, Calgary, AB.
February 2009 Ontario Band Association Festival, Markham, ON.
(iv) Other Music Camps
July 2004 Summer Band Workshop, University of Calgary.
June 1996-2002 Toronto District School Board Scarborough Music Camp.
July 1990-1994 Upper Canada College Music Camps, Jazz and Beginning Winds.
August 1980-1988 National Music Camp of Canada.