Dr. Stephen M. Hopkins is Director of Choral Activities in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian StateUniversity, 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, Tenn., 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.
Dr. Hopkins conducted the University Singers of Appalachian in performance at the National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Los Angeles in 2005. They also performed under his direction at the ACDA Southern Region Conferences in Nashville in 2004, Winston-Salem in 2012, and Louisville in 2018. A frequent guest clinician and adjudicator, he is also an active composer and arranger. His compositions are published by Hinshaw Music and Carl Fischer.
Dr. Hopkins has served as Director of Choral Activities for Cannon Music Camp since 1993 and was Camp Director from 2001-2015.