President & CEO
Mr. Hopper brings 34 years of professional orchestra leadership, collaborative and fundraising experience to the ACO, including audience development and community outreach programs. His broad knowledge of the repertoire and all aspects of orchestra management, planning and production will play a pivotal role in the Orchestra’s growth. Most recently, he served as President of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that position, Mr. Hopper has been Executive Director of the Jacksonville Symphony Association, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Earlier in his career, he served as General Manager and in other managerial roles at The Florida Orchestra in Tampa as well as being one of the original members of the orchestra.
Mr. Hopper earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance from the University of South Florida in Tampa were became an Instructor of Bassoon and Saxophone. He served at the Armed Forces School of Music and while in the Army taught at Old Dominion University and performed with the Norfolk Symphony and the Peninsula Symphony. Mr. Hopper has also played and recorded with the Ars Nova Wind Quintet.