Professor Emeritus at Concordia University of Edmonton Dr. John Hooper served as Professor and Director of the School of Music. In addition to conducting several choral and handbell ensembles, he taught conducting, choral technique, theory and aural skills, among others. For his work there, he was recently honoured with the 2022 Con Spirito Award by Choir Alberta.
Currently, he is the musical director of Island Voices, an auditioned, mixed chamber choir based in Courtenay/Campbell River on B.C.’s Vancouver Island.
Most recently he served as an examiner for the London College of Music through the University of West London. His work has taken him throughout southeast and south-central Asia as well as Africa and the Middle East. He has served as an evaluator and adjudicator for the Singapore Youth Festival, the Indonesia University Sacred Choral Festival Pesparawi, A Voyage of Songs (Thailand), the North Sumatra International Choral Competition (Indonesia), the City of Hobart (Australia) Eisteddfod, the Hong Kong Handbell Olympics, the Handbells Asia Festival in Malaysia, and several local festivals throughout Alberta.
He has also developed and led professional development seminars in foundational conducting, a guide to rehearsal, expressive musicianship, and techniques for voice and handbells.
His academic focus is on conducting and pedagogy, resulted in a set of three videos, The Art & Work of Choir, designed for the novice choir director, which are regularly broadcast on ACCESS-TV. His articles and reviews have appeared in The Music Alberta Magazine, ACF’s Quires, the Canadian Lutheran, the Manitoba Music Educator, and the ACDA Choral Journal.
He earned his D.M.A. in choral music from Arizona State University as well as degrees in theory and composition from A.S.U. and James Madison University in Virginia. Dr. Hooper furthered his studies under Dr. Richard Sparks, Maestro Frieder Bernius, Maestro Peter Phillips, and Dr. René Clausen through grants from the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund.
You can learn more about Dr. John Hooper’s area on the official website. jhooper.ca