Barbara Hopkins

Flute Teacher

Barbara Hopkins

SAA Member

Contact

Vernon, CT
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Education: D.M.A., Stony Brook University
M.M., The Mannes College of Music
B.M. The Hartt School, University of Hartford

Dr .Barbara Hopkins received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Samuel Baron. She earned her Master of Music from The Mannes College of Music under Thomas Nyfenger, and her Bachelor of Music at The Hartt School with John Wion. She currently serves as Assistant Principal Flute with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, teaches at The Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford, and plays historical flutes with the Rosewood Chamber Ensemble.

Dr. Hopkins has 25 years of teaching experience at all levels, including Hartt Community Division, University of Connecticut, Manchester Community College, Stony Brook University, and Marywood University. Her teaching emphasizes developing solid musicianship, technique, and problem solving skills in a positive and supportive atmosphere. Her students have won competitions sponsored by the Music Teachers National Association, National Flute Association, Greater Boston Flute Association, and the University of Connecticut.

She has released four CDs including the new “Songs and Dances of Early America”, recorded entirely on historical instruments. Flute Talk magazine recommends her “Andersen Etudes opus 15″ CD, writing, “Hopkins plays these virtuoso etudes with taste and a technical ease that many students work for years to never achieve.”The Flute Network praised her “Telemann Methodical Sonatas” recording as, “full, rich, and highly musical,” and the best selling “Short Concert Pieces”disc was partly funded by a grant from The Hartt School Community Division.

A cousin of nineteenth century Connecticut flute maker Asa Hopkins,Barbara is very interested in early flutes and music. She has acquired several flutes by Asa Hopkins, and has had them restored to playing condition. She founded The Rosewood Chamber Ensemble with guitarist Judy Handler, which specializes in concerts of early music performed on period instruments. The Greater Boston Flute Association Gazette wrote of their Boston concert, “The pieces were played with style and joy, resulting in a captivating performance.” Their first CD,Songs and Dances of Early America, was released in 2015.

Barbara was first prize winner in the National Flute Association Orchestral Audition Competition, has been a top prize winner in the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, and was awarded a fellowship to Tanglewood Music Center, where she had the honor of playing principal flute under Leonard Bernstein.

More information about Barbara is available at BarbaraHopkins.com.