Joseph  Hopkins
Dean, School of the Arts, Professor, Voice
School of the Arts
Division of Music, Vocal and Choral
114 Beeson Hall

Dr. Joseph Hopkins has served as dean of the School of the Arts for the past fifteen years. Before Samford, Hopkins served as dean of the Petrie School of Music at Converse College and chair of the Department of Music at the University of Evansville. He founded the Harlaxton International Chamber Music Festival and served on the faculty of the Operafestival di Roma (Rome, Italy). Performances include leading opera roles with the Operafestival, the Dallas Lyric Opera, and Wildwood Opera Theatre; soloist with the St. Petersburg State Orchestra, International Chamber Orchestra of Rome, and Moscow State Philharmonic; recitals at St. Martin in the Fields Church of London, on Chinese National Radio, for the Atelier Chamber Music Series of Paris, and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; and concerts in North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Recordings include The Songs of Richard Faith, a collaboration with the composer for Leyerle publications; Canciones, a collection of Spanish songs performed with guitarist Renato Butturi; and contemporary Christian recordings with his wife, soprano Suzanne Hopkins. Dr. Hopkins holds degrees from Shorter College, Baylor University and Indiana University. He completed a diploma from the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University and was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist. 

Recent events include performances in India, the Dominican Republic, and in virtual broadcasts. He the worship pastor at First Baptist Church of Birmingham, AL and is the proud father of two boys, Joseph and Vance, and a handsome Scottie named Winston.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.M., Shorter College
  • M.M., Baylor University
  • D.M., Indiana University


  • Voice
  • Vocal Pedagogy