Award winning flutist Barbara Hopkins enjoys national recognition for her performances. She has released several CDs including Telemann Methodical Sonatas, Vol. 1, and Short Concert Pieces for Flute and Piano and Andersen Etudes, opus 15. She has appeared as soloist in New York, Boston, Albuquerque, Seattle, Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas, Alaska, Florida, Connecticut, and throughout her home state of Pennsylvania. Composer Edward Diemente has written several works for her, and she has also worked with Joan Tower, Chinary Ung, and Shirish Korde.
A cousin of nineteenth century Connecticut flute maker Asa Hopkins, Barbara is very interested in early flutes and music. She has acquired several flutes by Asa Hopkins, and has had them restored to playing condition. She is a member The Rosewood Chamber Ensemble with guitarist Judy Handler, which specializes in performances of early music performed on Baroque, Classical, and Early American flutes with guitar.
Barbara was first prize winner in the National Flute Association Orchestral Audition Competition, has been a top prize winner in the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, and was awarded the Belin Arts Scholarship and a fellowship to Tanglewood Music Center, where she had the honor of playing principal flute under Leonard Bernstein.
A native of Clarks Summit, she is a long time member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. She currently lives in Hartford, CT, where she serves as assistant principal flute with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestras she has performed with include the Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Sarasota Orchestra.
Dr. Hopkins teaches flute at the University of Connecticut and also taught Community Division students at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford. Dr. Hopkins received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she studied with Samuel Baron. She earned her Master of Music from The Mannes College of Music under Thomas Nyfenger, and her Bachelor of Music at The Hartt School with John Wion.
Always seeking to refine her skills, she has also studied piccolo with Geralyn Coticone of the Boston Symphony, new music with Robert Dick, and Baroque flute with Naýama Lion. Dr. Hopkins is an artist/clinician for Avanti Flutes, a division of Conn-Selmer.