Hopkins School Choir, of New Haven, CT, will offer a concert at St. Mark’s, Berkeley, at 2:00pm on Sunday, June 19th, 2022, to benefit the renovation of our Flentrop organ.
They will also sing at the 10am Eucharist.
Hopkins School, the 3rd oldest independent school in the United States, has a distinguished history that spans more than 350 years. In 1660, Edward Hopkins, the second governor of the Connecticut Colony, established the nation’s first charitable trust to found Hopkins Grammar School on the New Haven Green. The School began with a dedication to the “breeding up of hopeful youths. . . for the public service of the country in future times.” More than three centuries later, Hopkins School continues to fulfill its original mission, and “hopeful”— connoting both the promise and the expectation of future good— remains the word that defines its educational approach and animates our aspirations. Among its notable alumni are the composer Charles Ives, the founder of American football, Walter Camp, and the 19th-century painter, William Morris Hunt.
Choral music at Hopkins has a long and distinguished history of excellence. The Concert Choir is the premier vocal ensemble at Hopkins, performing Renaissance motets, masterpieces by Baroque, Classical, and Romantic Masters, 20th and 21st-century works, folk music from around the world, and contemporary music inspired by non-classical genres and musical theater. A mixed ensemble for grades 9-12, the choir tours internationally every other year, performing in venues across Ireland, Italy, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, and Portugal, among others. 2022 marks the choir’s first trip to California.
Erika Schroth joined the Hopkins faculty in 2014 as Director of Choral Music. At Hopkins, she conducts the Concert Choir, the Junior School Chorus and Vocal Arts classes, teaches music theory, and serves as music director for mainstage theatre productions. She maintains a multi-faceted career as performer, teacher, and music director/conductor, and has performed as a solo and collaborative artist across the United States and Europe. The press has praised her chamber music performances as “impassioned” and “richly expressive”. Prior to her appointment at Hopkins she taught at Wesleyan University, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Oakland University, St. John’s University, Deerfield Academy, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Elm City Chamberfest. She has worked on several productions as music director for the acclaimed Yale Repertory Theatre, and has been a part of the musical teams at the Eugene O’Neill National Theatre Institute, the Yale Institute for Musical Theater, and the University of New Haven. She received her Master of Music degree in Piano from the University of Michigan. This is her third tour with the Hopkins Concert Choir, having previously traveled to Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2016, and to Spain and Portugal in 2018.