Hal H. Hopson

Hal H. Hopson is one of the most prolific composers of church music of his generation. With more than 1,800 published works for 30 publishers, Mr. Hopson’s music is heard weekly in congregations throughout the United States. His compositions reflect respect for the best liturgical tradition, scripture and theology. Mr. Hopson composes music accessible to nearly all choirs and congregations, striving always to include rather than to exclude. His published repertoire includes almost every conceivable genre: anthems for children, youth, adult choirs; compositions for organ, piano, harpsichord, handbells. Mr. Hopson writes especially for congregations in concertato anthems, hymn tunes, responsorial psalm settings, and liturgical services.
 
A church musician throughout his professional life, Mr. Hopson has also been conductor-clinician for workshops and choral festivals in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and professor of church music at Westminster Choir College and Scarritt Graduate School. He is also a hymnwriter whose texts appear in major denominational hymnals.
 
Hal Hopson was born in Mound, Texas, in a family of thirteen children where music making figured prominently. His first piano teacher was his older sister, Merle, whom he holds in deep regard for her enormous musical and personal influences on his life. Hopson’s well-known hymn tune, MERLE’S TUNE, is named in her honor. He first accompanied worship services at age thirteen and later graduated from Baylor University and Southern Baptist Seminary with B.A. and M.S.M. degrees, respectively. He completed additional study at universities and conservatories in the United States and Germany.
 
A recipient of many honors for his distinguished service to music, Mr. Hopson is listed in the International Who’s Who in Music, Cambridge, England. He has served on the national boards of Presbyterian Association of Musicians, Choristers Guild, the Church Music Institute, and has received annual awards from ASCAP for many consecutive years. Expertise in psalmody and liturgy led to appointments on the Symposium for Church Composers sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Milwaukee and the Task Force on Psalmody sponsored by the Presbyterian Church, USA, which resulted in the official Psalter for the denomination.
 
God with Us, a cantata by Hal Hopson, was chosen during the American Bicentennial, 1976, for placement in a capsule to be opened and performed at the Tercentennial in 2076. This composition was selected because it was judged to be representative of choral music of the century. It received a performance on National Public Radio during the Bicentennial Celebration.
 
In the summer of 2013, Austin, Texas, became the home of Hopson and his wife, Martha Smith Hopson, also a church musician. They have three children, six grandchildren, and enjoy living in the beautiful Texas hill country. 

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Born in the Night, Mary's Child

Born in the Night, Mary's Child

by Hal H. Hopson (Arranger)

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Bless Now, O God, the Journey

Bless Now, O God, the Journey

by Hal H. Hopson (Composer)

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Fri Oct 16 00:00:00 CDT 2015

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Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen! Earth and All Stars

Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen! Earth and All Stars

by Hal H. Hopson (Composer)

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Wed Oct 15 00:00:00 CDT 2014

This anthem for SATB voices, organ, optional brass quartet (or quintet) timpani and four handbells also has an optional part for the assembly... read more

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The Day of Pentecost

The Day of Pentecost

by Hal H. Hopson (Composer)

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Hal Hopson has created another wonderful marriage of various musical styles in this setting... read more

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ChildrenSing Around the World

ChildrenSing Around the World

by Jonathan Strommen Campbell (Composer); Bradley Ellingboe (Composer); Robert Buckley Farlee (Composer); John Helgen (Composer); Robert A. Hobby (Composer); Hal H. Hopson (Composer); Phil Kadidlo (Composer); Thomas Keesecker (Composer); Aaron David Miller (Composer); Julia Simon (Composer)

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ChildrenSing Around the World, the eighth volume in the ChildrenSing line, is a collection of global songs that span the church year for singers aged 8 to 12 years... read more

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This Joyful Eastertide: Instrumental Parts

This Joyful Eastertide: Instrumental Parts

by Hal H. Hopson (Composer)

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Wed Nov 13 00:00:00 CST 2013

This download includes the instrumental parts for brass quartet (opt. quintet) (Bb/C trumpet 1, Bb/C trumpet, trombone 1, trombone 2, opt. tuba), handbells... read more

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This Joyful Eastertide

This Joyful Eastertide

by Hal H. Hopson (Composer)

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Tue Oct 15 00:00:00 CDT 2013

Hal H. Hopson has created a vibrant and stately anthem on Christ's resurrection. The organ, brass, handbells, and timpani all add quite a bit to this work. A cappella writing... read more

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Many and Great, O God

Many and Great, O God

by Hal H. Hopson (Arranger)

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Tue Oct 15 00:00:00 CDT 2013

Hal H. Hopson has created a unique anthem that is appropriate for a number of lectionary days. This arrangement of a Dakota tune gives a very rhythmic feel to this work. The text... read more

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ChildrenSing in Worship, Volume 3

ChildrenSing in Worship, Volume 3

by Robert A. Benson (Arranger); Dorothy Christopherson (Arranger); John Ferguson (Arranger); Hal H. Hopson (Arranger); Aaron David Miller (Arranger); Anna Laura Page (Arranger); Marie Pooler (Arranger); Nancy Raabe (Arranger); Wayne L. Wold (Arranger)

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This volume presents another excellent collection of music for singers aged 8 to 12 years. Written in a variety of styles, this collection of 11 songs includes both the... read more

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