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Meet Lee

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by Bonnie Kraxberger | Teachers

Linda Lee Hopkins holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Boston University’s School of Fine Arts. As Master’s Candidate at New England Conservatory of Music, she premiered Payne’s Mass in D, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has sung four concert tours of Europe including Great Britain’s Chester Fringe Festival, and recently toured Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, and Munich with the Glory Singers.

Recipient of the Banff Academy of Singing’s Full-Vocal Scholarship, Banff, Alberta, Canada, Lee sang with New York composer John Cage in his Canadian premiere of Songbooks I and II.  She moved to Seattle in 1985 to sing with the Seattle Opera. There she met her husband, Dave; they relocated to Portland, Oregon, in 1989 where she opened her studio to teach all styles of music for all ages. Lee worked as member of the Buffalo Gals/ Voce Bella ensemble; later premiered with the A. Laska Dancers in Jack Gabel’s multimedia event Lamentatio; and sang Gary Noland’s Verborgenheit at the opening of the National Association of Composers/ USA symposium hosted by Portland’s Cascadia Composers.

Lee’s specialty is the care of the singer’s voice; she demonstrated proper Improvisation technique for the Performing Arts Medical Conference 2005. Her love for ensembles led to work with the Bach Cantata Choir, Der Leiderkreis, and Novum Chamber Singers, and she currently performs with Mirabilis trio. Active in community service, they have raised funds for Mercy Corps; favorite Good Friday church services have included Mirabilis’ performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Translation of songs into different languages by utilization of the International Phonetic Alphabet is another passion of Lee’s. She has worked with students to prepare Bat Mitzvah and Bar Mitzvah prayer chants and is an experienced judge for Oregon and California State Talent Competitions. Lee’s piano and vocal students are past Piano and Musical Theater medal winners. She’s currently coaching The Voice television auditions. 

Lee joins us in summer 2019 teaching musical theatre, jazz, and a capella voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, harmonica, and banjo.