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Contributed by Baruch Whitehead on 04/02/2014
Professor Gregory Hopkins to be guest conductor of the
9th Annual High School Gospel Festival
Professor Gregory Hopkins, international known Bass-Baritone and Conductor will be the guest clinician of the 9th Annual High School Gospel Festival held in Ford Hall of the James J. Whalen School of Music on Saturday April 5th, 2014 at 8:15 PM.
Started in 2006, the High School Gospel Festival invites students from across the eastern seaboard to participate in celebration and demonstrate their talent and love for Gospel music. Each year, world-class guest clinicians are invited to work with the students. Past clinicians include Glen Burleigh, Anthony Leach, Raymond Wise, Rosephanye Powell, and most recently Pastor Chantel Wright. School of Music Faculty members Dr. Baruch Whitehead and Dr. Janet Galvan direct the Gospel Festival.
"The Gospel Music Festival is the highlight of the year for me. To see my vision of putting gospel music in its proper place as an American treasure and to see so many young people involved is more than I could have asked or imagined. For those who aren't familiar with gospel music, the festival invites you on a journey that transcend religion, politics or race. There is something about this music that touches everyone who is involved, both performer and listener. I believe that the festival helps us all realize the important contributions of African-Americans, music that sustained their journey and afforded them a peace of mind and spirit. We seek to experience the totality of human emotions and spirit through the avenue of gospel music."
- Dr. Baruch Whitehead
About This Year’s Guest Clinician
Gregory Hopkins carries degrees from Temple University and Curtis Institute of Music. He has been Minister of Music for Harlem’s Convent Avenue Baptist Church for more than 22 years. At the City Tabernacle of Seventh Day Adventists, he is Organist and Choir Director. Mr. Hopkins serves as Artistic Director for Harlem Opera Theater, the Harlem Jubilee Singers, and the Cocolo Japanese Gospel Choir. In the nation’s capital he is professor of voice at The Howard University. He also has previous associations with Morgan State University, Westminster Choir College and The Seminary of the East. Gregory is Assistant to the Directors for the Hampton University Minister’s Conference. He is Director of Performance Ministries for the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses and Vocal Consultant to the Men’s Department of the Gospel Music Workshop of America. Gregory Hopkins has been chair of the judges for the Pathmark Gospel Competition (NYC) since its inception.
Hopkins has won top prizes in the Busetto Competition and Mantova Competition (both in Italy) and received grants from The Opera Orchestra of NY, The Opera Index and The Sullivan Foundation.
Gregory has performed throughout the Americas, in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Recent performances include The Cervantino Festival (Mexico), Orvieto Festival (Italy), Vienne Festival (France) and Quimera Festival (Mexico).
He is a featured artist on recordings of: Lost in the Stars (Kurt Weill), Blue Monday (George Gershwin), The Gospel at Carnegie Hall, Done Made My Vow (Adolphus Hailstork) with Baltimore Symphony and I will Lift Up Mine Eyes (Adolphus Hailstork) with Atlanta Symphony. By special request he was asked to sing following Min. Louis Farrakhan’s address at the Million Man March, and also was a chosen soloist at Carnegie Hall’s 100th Anniversary of Marian Anderson’s Birth. He has been selected as Music Coordinator for the 100th Anniversary of the NAACP.
Gregory Hopkins: Minister of Music, Singer, Choral conductor, Accompanist, Teacher, Organist, Orchestral conductor, Coach, Clinician.