MPR Artist-in-Residence
2011–2012: Chad Hoopes

  • LuminaClass Notes Artist Announcement: Lumina
    Lumina is a five piece women's ensemble of four vocalists, and one multi-instrumentalist string player. They are committed to the finding the beauty, mystery and hope inherent in music, performing folk songs from Eastern Europe, medieval songs with accompaniment from Renaissance ancestors of the violin, and African-American Spirituals. They will be visiting schools in Saint Paul, Fridley, and Brooklyn Park.September 25, 2015
  • Copper Street BrassClass Notes Artist Announcement: Copper Street Brass
    Copper Street Brass is a full-time non profit educational ensemble that visits dozen of schools and does many clinics throughout the year. They are the only full-time brass ensemble in Minnesota and one of only a handful in America. They perform classical, jazz and pop/rock music all arranged by French horn player, Tim Bradley. They will be doing a week-long tour of schools in the southwest of Minnesota, as well as a mini-tour of the Iron Range, and a school in Willmar, and also Saint Paul.September 24, 2015
  • MatraClass Notes Artist Announcement: Matra
    Matra is a world/jazz fusion percussion ensemble made up of vibraphone, marimba, tabla drums from India, and western drum set. They perform original compositions and arrangements as well as percussion ensemble rep. Their influences range from jazz structure and improvisation to the rhythms of Northern India to progressive rock. They will be at schools in Litchfield, Willmar, Saint Paul, Columbia Heights and Lakeville.September 24, 2015
  • Class Notes Artist Announcement: Gaosong V. Heu
    Gaosong V. Heu is an up-and-coming Hmong-American performing artist who bridges the gap between western classical music and Hmong classical and traditional music. Trained as a singer in both the Western and Hmong traditions, she also studies the "qeej," a Hmong bamboo reed instrument. She will combine music and storytelling at a variety of schools across the Twin Cities metro.September 23, 2015
  • Class Notes Artist Announcement: Stone Arch Collective
    Stone Arch Collective is made up of teaching artists at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. This brand-new ensemble is dedicated to championing under-represented composers and music from non-Western countries. They will be visiting schools in Saint Paul, North Saint Paul, South Saint Paul, and Lakeville.September 23, 2015
  • Class Notes Artist Announcement: Lux String Quartet
    Minneapolis-based Lux String Quartet strives to communicate their passion for performance as well as education and community outreach. They perform classic string quartet repertoire as well as championing new music and pushing the boundaries of what a string quartet can do. They will perform at schools in Saint Louis Park, Golden Valley, Saint Paul, Fridley, and Vadnais Heights.September 22, 2015


Chad Hoopes
  • Recital on April 29

    Classical MPR Artist-in-Residence Chad Hoopes presents a recital at the Lakeville Area Arts Center on Sunday, April 29, at 7 p.m.
  • Chad Hoopes in Concert

    After a successful two-week residency touring the state of Minnesota with host Steve Staruch, Chad Hoopes presents a final recital, joined by his accompanist Dina Vainshtein. Hoopes will perform at Sundin Music Hall, on the campus of Hamline University on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for MPR members and $12 for the general public, and can be purchased by calling the MPR box office at 651-290-1200.

Chad's Blog Posts

  • Hoopes and Staruch in Willmar
    Chad Hoopes and Steve Staruch spent time at Roosevelt and Kennedy Elementary and Willmar Middle School on Monday.
  • More from Bena, Minnesota
    Chad Hoopes performance in Bena gets more attention, this time from Lakeland Public Television.
  • Chad Hoopes in Brainerd
    Chad Hoopes' tour around schools in Minnesota continues, and The Brainerd Dispatch has some incredible coverage of his visit to Harrison Elementary School and Forestview Middle School.
  • Reflecting on Home and Travels
    Minnesota is the greatest place I've ever lived. I'm definitely not biased or anything, having grown up in the Twin Cities... But I have visited many places in the world, and I have to say that I really enjoy...
  • Saying Something Through Music
    What do I enjoy most about performing? The fact that I get to give a gift to the audience every time I take the stage. To me, nothing feels better than being on the stage. I love being able...

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