Professor Emeritus at Concordia University of Edmonton, Dr. John Hooper served as Professor and Director of the School of Music. 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. This follows a career that included university, community, semi-professional, secondary school, and church choirs, as well as handbell ensembles. Most recently he served as an examiner for the London College of Music through the University of West London.
Dr. Hooper has been a professional conductor, teacher, composer, chorister, administrator, adjudicator, examiner, workshop leader, clinician, conference presenter, and church musician. These professional activities have taken him around the world, notably in in Asia, as well as Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East. He has served as an evaluator and adjudicator for numerous festivals as well as a guest clinician and conductor. His teaching portfolio includes conducting, rehearsal techniques, vocal and handbell technique, composition, theory and aural skills, among others. These topics have been presented in both school and professional development settings.
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. More information is available at jhooper.ca.