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2011 Central Ontario Band Workshop

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Laurier's Office of Continuing Studies and Faculty of Music are pleased to be hosting the Central Ontario Band Workshop this September. During the two-day intensive workshop, students from central Ontario will attend master classes led by wind and percussion players from Laurier's faculty of music. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops hosted by high school music teachers from the surrounding areas.

The workshops will culminate with a group performance, conducted by Dr. Mark Hopkins, conductor and Associate Professor in the School of Music at Acadia University.

Workshop Information

Date:  September 27 - 28 ,2011

Concert Information

Date:  Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Time: 6 p.m.
Theatre Auditorium, Laurier's Waterloo campus
Fee: Open to the public

About the Conductor

Dr. Mark Hopkins is an Associate Professor in the School of Music at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., where he is responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate Conducting, Music Education foundation courses, leads the Wind Ensemble, and oversees Wind Music Studies and Performance. He is founding Director and lecturer of the Acadia University Summer Wind Conducting Symposium. 

A native of Toronto, Dr. Hopkins earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory while serving as Assistant to Frank L. Battisti, and was awarded the Gunther Schuller Medal at graduation. Dr. Hopkins taught music in high schools for 12 years, including seven years as Chair of the Music Department at Upper Canada College in Toronto. Dr. Hopkins lectured and conducted the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Choirs at Hanover College in Indiana. From 2002-2005 he taught at the University of Calgary in Alberta; while in Calgary he conducted the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble, coordinated chamber ensembles, was Artistic Director of the 2005 New Music Festival, and was Coordinator and Instructor of the University of Calgary Summer Wind Conducting Symposium.

In addition to his academic duties, Dr. Hopkins is much in demand as a guest conductor and music education consultant; his professional work as a Conductor spans the full range of ensembles and genres. He is Founding Music Director (Emeritus) of the Toronto Wind Orchestra and the Alberta Winds, freelance professional wind ensembles in Toronto and Calgary, and Artistic Director (Emeritus) and Principal Conductor of the Land's End Chamber Ensemble, one of Calgary's premiere new music ensembles. In 2003 he was appointed Associate Conductor of the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra (formerly the National Concert Band of Canada), a role he shares with Dr. Gillian MacKay - Canada's finest student wind ensemble, auditioned nationally every year. He is Co-Director of “Shattering the Silence”, Acadia University's innovative new music festival. He led the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble (2008-2011), and provided leadership as President of the Nova Scotia Band Association (2006-2009). In 2008 wrote the core of the innovative, new Nova Scotia Beginning Band curriculum. He travels across North America to guest-conduct and adjudicate festivals. Abroad, he has led collegiate and professional performances in Bermuda, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, and Romania. 

For more information, please contact

  • Martin Lacoste, Head of Music, Bluevale Collegiate Institute (519.885.4620)
  • Susan Follows, Integrated Arts Teacher, Eastwood Collegiate Institute (519.743.8265)
  • Colleen Miltenburg, Arts Program Head, Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School (519.622.1290)

Driving Directions

A map of the Theatre Auditorium Location is available here.

Please visit Laurier's Parking Services for directions to Laurier's Waterloo campus.

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