Founding Director

Michael Hopkins

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The Burlington Chamber Orchestra’s Founding Director, Michael Hopkins is currently an associate professor of music education at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in Ann Arbor. Prior to his joining the UM faculty, Hopkins was an associate professor of music at the University of Vermont, from 1999-2010, where he was conductor of the UVM Orchestra.

Hopkins has appeared as a guest conductor at orchestra festivals throughout the United States. He is very active as a composer and arranger, with more than 40 published works for orchestra. His music is published and his works have been commissioned by many schools and ensembles throughout the U.S.

Hopkins has performed as a double bassist with professional orchestras in Vermont, New Hampshire, Michigan, Colorado, and Wyoming. He is the author of the award-winning Web site
The String Pedagogy Notebook, a resource for string teachers and performers. He has published articles in many music journals and he has given many presentations at national and state conferences on various topics in string education and music technology. He is the director of the Michigan String Workshop and the U-M Bass Bash Festival. He has served on the faculty of the American String Workshop, as the executive director for the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and is past president of the Vermont chapter of ASTA with NSOA.

In 2007, Hopkins brought Vermont’s best musicians and music educators together to establish the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. In 2010 he stepped down as director to accept a teaching position at the University of Michigan. For the next 4 years, the BCO continued with guest directors and “Orpheus-style” self-direction until 2014 when Yutaka Kono agreed to serve as the BCO’s new Artistic Director.