Member Profile: Christopher Hopkins
Christopher Hopkins is a composer and performer with special interests in the integration of electroacoustic composition, instrument design, and graphical notation, dialectics of historical musical styles, and performing Renaissance and Baroque music for the viola da gamba. He is Associate Professor of Music at Iowa State University of Science and Technology where has been Director of the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities and led research developing 3D haptic (virtual touch) virtual reality designs for musical composition and performance. Earlier, he taught at the University of Illinois, the University of Minnesota, and Syracuse University. His educational background includes a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Cornell University, where his principal mentors were Karel Husa (composition) and John Hsu (performance studies), and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Donald Erb and Eugene O’Brien. His compositions have been performed at major festivals in Athens, Basel, Grenoble, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Melbourne, New York City, Tanglewood, Toronto, Vienna, and Zürich, and from concert stages in Belgium, England, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Media broadcasts including his work have been heard over the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Östereichischer Rundfunk, Radio Canada, WNYC, and Public Radio International.