Director of Music

James Hopkins 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.

The 1990 Casavant Organ

The Choir of Grace Church sings
O magnum mysterium by Victoria
Christmas 2013

 Music at Grace Church

The music program at Grace Church exists to enrich parish worship services and offer cultural outreach to the City of Newark and its suburbs.

Music at High Mass reflects the beauty of the Anglo-Catholic tradition. The Choir of Grace Church offers the finest sacred music with an emphasis on Renaissance masses and motets and Gregorian Chant. 


St. Gregory's Choir is composed of four staff singers. At High Mass, this choir sings the Introit, Offertory, and Communion "Minor Propers" from the Graduale Romanum, one or two motets or anthems, and often a setting of the Kyrie, Gloria, and Agnus Dei. The St. Gregory Choir has premiered new motets by distinguished composers including Christian Carey, Jonathan Dawe, and Daniel Elder.

St. Dunstan's Choir is comprised of parishioners and section leaders. This choir sings once or twice a month at High Mass from September through June. If you like to sing, you are most welcome to Contact the Director of Music to learn more. The St. Dunstan Choir rehearses on Thursdays at 7:30 pm.

The Grace Church Choristers, our Children's Choir, performs in Mass monthly and on special occasions, and collaborates with similar programs in the area. The Choristers program is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music and aims to teach youngsters leadership, character, and musicianship. Learn more

The Music Society of Grace Church provides funding for the Choir and Concerts at Grace Church. Donations of all sizes are welcome. Interested donors should speak to the Director of Music or the Rector. All donations are tax-deductible.

Service Music

Click here for access to Bruce Ford's Sunday Gospel and Passion Settings.