A native South Carolinian, Cynthia Hopkins earned both a BME and MM in flute performance from the University of South Carolina, where she studied with Constance Lane. In the years following, she enjoyed postgraduate study with Judith Mendenhall, Paul Renzi, Carl Hall, and Louis Moyse. Some of her greatest inspiration has come from participation in master classes with Paula Robison, Carol Wincenc, and Ransom Wilson.
Ms. Hopkins is a highly experienced solo, chamber, and symphony musician. She has held positions with the South Carolina Philharmonic since 1986 and the Augusta (GA) Symphony since 1988, and has worked with the Greenville, Long Bay, and Charleston Symphonies, the Myrtle Beach Philharmonic, and the Norfolk Symphony.
In the world of chamber music, Ms. Hopkins performs with The Charleston Chamber Players, The Columbia Flute and Harp Duo, The Magnolia Flute and Piano Duo, and The Goodwinds Quartet. She has also worked with the Hilton Head Chamber Players, the Vista Strings Trio, and the Weinberg Jazz Quintet.
Her solo performances include appearances with the South Carolina Philharmonic in 2001 and the Long Bay Symphony in 1996, and guest artist recitals at Charleston Southern University in 2007 and St. John’s Lutheran, Charleston in 2008. Ms. Hopkins performed annually at the acclaimed Piccolo Spoleto festival from 1987-1995 and in 2008 and 2011, and was honored to play on recital at the 2011 National Flute Association Convention. In the fall of 2013, Ms. Hopkins was the featured soloist with the Furman University Wind Ensemble, in a premier performance of Jess Turner’s Concertino Caboclo.
Ms. Hopkins is passionate about education and music pedagogy. She has owned and run her own private studio since 1987, and after teaching at Columbia College and Columbia International University, she joined the faculty of Furman University in 1997. Her teaching philosophy is one of encouragement and expectation. Her students balance their development of sound and technique with knowledge of literature throughout the ages. Students are encouraged and guided in using artistic creativity and technical clarity to reach a new standard of excellence in performance.