James M. Hopkins
James Hopkins assumed the duties of Director of Music at Grace Church in Newark in November of 2015. Previously, he served as Organist and Choirmaster at St. James’ Anglican Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio for two years. He holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where he studied with Todd Wilson and Ken Cowan, respectively. Previous teachers include Matthew Lewis, with whom he studied at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School, and Thomas Schmidt. He served as Assistant Organist-Choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron, Ohio while working toward a Master’s Degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
He is an active recitalist and chamber musician, having performed throughout the United States. He particularly enjoys performing the music of early 20th-Century France, and has an increasing interest in early music and plainchant.
At Grace Church, his duties include directing the St. Gregory Professional Choir, the St. Dunstan Volunteer Choir, and the Grace Church Choristers. In addition, he is responsible for overseeing the Concerts at Grace and Music at Midday series, and raising funds for the music program through the Music Society.