Photograph by Brian Kutner
New Director of Music
Dear Members and Friends of Grace Church in Newark,
I am extremely pleased to announce that the Search Committee for the new Director of Music at Grace Church in Newark has completed its work. I have offered and the position has been accepted by James Hopkins, who comes to Newark from Cleveland, Ohio, where he has served as Organist and Choirmaster at St. James' Anglican-Catholic Church for the last two years. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Organist-Choirmaster at St. Paul's Church in Akron, Ohio, one of the largest parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio. He holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College, where he studied with Todd Wilson and Ken Cowan, respectively. He attended the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School while in high school, where he studied with Matthew Lewis. Mr. Hopkins enjoys performing both as an organ soloist and as a keyboard continuo player. He has given recitals in venues such as St. Paul's (Akron), Church of the Covenant (Cleveland), The Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York), and Saint Peter's Lutheran Church (New York); and performed with period ensembles at Case Western Reserve University, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Church of the Covenant.
At Grace Church in Newark, Jim will be directing the St. Gregory's Ensemble, St. Dunstan's volunteer choir, and Choristers, as well as playing our magnificent Casavant organ, and working at fundraising for the music program. Jim's first service will be All Saints Sunday, November 1, 2015. He will rehearse with the Choristers and Volunteer Choir on Saturday, October 24 & 31.
I want to thank the members of the committee, including Richard Appelgren, Franklin Coleman, Kevin Clark, and Bruce Ford. We reviewed many applications and interviewed and auditioned four-highly talented and qualified candidates. I also want to thank members of the audition choir who gave their time and input.
We have a strong musical history, and an even brighter future at Grace Church in Newark, with the talents, gifts, and potential that Jim Hopkins brings. His stunning performance of Bach, his exciting use of our fine instrument in the Durufle, and his conducting of the audition choir give us the promise of much wonderful music to come.
Please pray for him in his transition, friend him on Facebook, and ready yourselves to welcome him enthusiastically in November!
Stained Glass Window Restoration Project
Our historic Te Deum window given in 1930 in memory of Newark's Mayor Raymond (who was also a parishioner) is in serious need of repair, along with a few other stained glass windows in the Church. Due to gravity, time, and the elements, the window panels have begun to bow and pieces of the glass are in danger of falling out. The solution is for the windows to be re-leaded, which will cost $100,000. Read more about the project and please consider donating.