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 Choir of Grace Church sings
O magnum mysterium by Victoria
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