J. Arden Hopkin

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J. Arden Hopkin, baritone, is an educator, singer and conductor.


In his early musical experiences, Hopkin showed promise as a folk singer and jazz saxophonist, but an accidental enrollment in high school choir set him on a career as a singer that has spanned the operatic and musical theater stage, oratorio, the concert hall and the recital platform.

Following high school, Hopkin attended Brigham Young University and received a bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance in 1971. He then went on to receive a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas in 1974 and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in 1978.


For much of his adult life, he has balanced the pressures of teaching and performing. He specializes in the vocal music of Spain and Latin America.

His teaching career has focused on voice teaching and opera education. Hopkin served as Head of Vocal Studies and Director of Opera at Texas Christian University and Opera Director at BYU. For more than 25 years, he directed and taught in summer opera training programs in the United States and Canada, most recently with the Crittenden Opera Workshop in Washington, D.C.

His early training as a choral conductor was laid aside while he pursued his operatic interests, but in 1999, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Wasatch Chorale, a community chorus in Provo, Utah. During his tenure, the choir doubled in size, completed two CD's Bound for the Promised Land and God Bless America , and performed the Mozart Requiem in Carnegie Hall.

A frequent oratorio soloist, Hopkin's voice has been heard around the world on the Armed Forces Radio Network performing the Messiah with the Lake Charles Symphony. He has performed the major works of Bach, Mendelssohn's Elijah , and both the Brahms and Faure Requiem in his repertoire.

His publications include the article "Vowel Equalization" in the Journal of Singing , and The Art Song in Latin America , an anthology of Twentieth-Century songs from South and Central America, on which he collaborated. His new reference book Songs for Young Singers, An Annotated List of Songs for Developing Voices was released by Scarecrow Press early in 2002.

In the summer of 2003, Hopkin was an invited guest faculty at the 18th International Music Seminar held at the School of Music of the Federal University of Bahia, Salvador Brazil, where he taught vocal pedagogy and performed a recital. He was invited to return in the summer of 2004 and took with him several BYU students to participate in the classes and gain international exposure through study and performance.

Hopkin also serves as the Vice President of Music for the International Vernacular Congress, held biennially in Puebla, Mexico, in which he organizes and participates in musical performances and papers for the Congress. He has facilitated the participation of students who are interested in Latin America.

In 2006, Hopkins accompanied two students, Emily Duke and Juan Hector Pereira, on a vocal tour of Chile and Peru. The trio traveled, performing at firesides and civic events, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the LDS Church in Chile.

Hopkins was the Head of Vocal Studies at BYU and taught studio voice and vocal pedagogy in the School of Music, where he spent much of his time training the next generation of voice teachers. He frequently served as a vocal and choral clinician across the country and internationally. He retired in 2014.

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