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.


 Academic Qualifications

 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.

Advanced Studies

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)

 Employment History

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.