Bio

Karen Hopkins has performed as a violist and pianist in a wide range of solo, chamber music, and orchestral concerts, and has performed in major concert halls such as the Kennedy Center, Symphony Hall (home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra), Jordan Hall, and Constitution Hall. She holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Viola Performance from New England Conservatory of Music and San Diego State University. In the spring of 2008, she performed at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston, MA as a violist for the opera Egisto, performed by the New England Conservatory. She has also performed in a Mario Lanza concert with an accordionist and tenor, premiered a viola concerto by Matthew McConnell, and performed a work by Ernest Bloch for solo viola as part of a Jewish High Holidays service. In 1997, she was interviewed on network news for her work as a composer and violist for a musical production at George Mason University.

Karen is currently freelancing in the greater Washington, DC area and has played with String Theory and Hill Chamber Music, mainly for private events and weddings. She has also played with the Joseph Howell Quartet, and helped premiere a Clarinet Concerto at the Eubie Blake Jazz Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. While living in San Diego, Karen performed regularly with Eliana Strings, the La Jolla Renaissance Singers, and was the violist for the College Avenue Baptist Church. During her college years in the Boston area, Karen performed as violist for the Bristol Chamber Orchestra, for their 2007-2008 season. She performed several concerts with this orchestra, including Handel’s Messiah in December of 2007 in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. She has also performed with New England Conservatory’s Symphony, Philharmonia, and Opera orchestras, including as principal viola and concertmaster for the Schnittke Viola Concerto (which has no violins).

Karen is currently teaching violin, viola, piano and music theory in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia. With over ten years teaching experience, Karen enjoys passing on her musical knowledge to others and is very passionate about the benefits of music education, having benefited herself from a strong music program in Fairfax County, Virginia. Her greatest influences have been her teachers: Ramon Scavelli (Viola, National Symphony Orchestra), Carol Rodland (New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music), Travis Maril (San Diego Symphony), Bruce Carter (National Endowment of the Arts), Nancy Kredel (Fairfax County Schools), and Gretel von Pischke.

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