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Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities


Christopher Hopkins
CEAH Director


Christopher Hopkins (Associate Professor, Music & Theatre) is a composer whose creative scholarship includes electroacoustic music, musical applications of virtual reality environments, and composition using dialectics of historical musical styles. His compositions have been performed at major festivals in Basel, Grenoble, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Melbourne, New York, Tanglewood, Toronto, Vienna, and Zürich, and from concert stages in Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Media broadcasts have including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Östereichischer Rundfunk, Radio Canada, WNYC, and Public Radio International. He works are recorded on the Innova and SEAMUS CD labels. Hopkins is also an avid performer of Renaissance and Baroque music, specializing in viola da gamba.


Hopkins received his Doctor of Musical Arts from Cornell University, where he worked with renowned composers Karel Husa, Steven Stucky, and Yehudi Wyner. His earlier studies included a Master of Music in Composition and Electronic Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Donald Erb and Eugene O'Brien. Prior to joining ISU in 2004, he was on the faculties of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Syracuse University, and Ithaca College.


Dr. Hopkins' teaching focuses on the mentoring of young composers, interdisciplinary graduate studies, and team-based learning aligned to current research in data-driven interactive musical composition and performance. He earlier created an undergraduate minor in music technology, an Integrated Electronic Arts cluster for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program, and has taught Honors seminars, "Frontiers of the Discipline" first-year experience seminars, and mentored graduate students in Human-Computer Interaction.


Dr. Hopkins brings to the CEAH his experience as Director of Conferences for the 600-member Society for Electroacoustic Music (SEAMUS), a position that included working with several universities to develop proposals, budgets, commercial sponsorships, public relations, technical planning, and financial management. For SEAMUS he collaborated with the board of directors on programming, restructuring of governance documents, and led the development of online submissions and review services. His external experience as a reviewer has been for the Iowa Arts Council, International Computer Music Association, SEAMUS, and McGraw-Hill. He has been active as an arts curator with the "Artful Noise" series of the Sonic Circuits Festival (Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis), the Arts Quarter Planning Committee at the University of Minnesota, the 2007 SEAMUS national conference at ISU, and the Lipa Festival of Contemporary Music (2004-present). Hopkins also has authored thirty grants for arts-related research, curriculum, technology and facilities development with awards totaling $985,850.

For the CEAH, Hopkins earlier served on the Steering Committee, and on committees reviewing CEAH funding programs and Seed Grants. His own grants from the CEAH include a Planning Grant (2013), Research Grant (2011), Fellowship (2009), and Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Grant (2006).

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Christopher Hopkins
CEAH Director
Associate Professor of Music
Department of Music and Theatre