Barbara Hopkins, Assistant Principal, Flute

Photo credit: Robin Woodbury
Photo credit: Robin Woodbury

Award winning flutist Barbara Hopkins enjoys national recognition for her performances. She has released three CDs including Telemann Methodical Sonatas, Vol. 1, and Short Concert Pieces for Flute and Piano and Andersen Etudes, opus 15. Flute Talk magazine recommends her Andersen 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 recording as, “full, rich, and highly musical.” She has appeared as soloist in New York, Boston, Albuquerque, Seattle, Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas, Alaska, Florida, Connecticut, and throughout her home state of Pennsylvania. Composer Edward Diemente has written several works for her, and she has also worked with Joan Tower, Chinary Ung, and Shirish Korde.

A cousin of nineteenth century Connecticut flute maker Asa Hopkins, Barbara is very involved with 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, will be released this year.

Barbara serves as assistant principal flute with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and teaches at the Hartt Community Division of the University of Hartford. Other orchestras she has performed with include the Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Sarasota Orchestra. She 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..

Dr. Hopkins received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the 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. Always seeking to refine her skills, she has also studied piccolo with Geralyn Coticone of the Boston Symphony, new music with Robert Dick, and Baroque flute with Na’ama Lion.

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