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Gregory Hopkins was born and reared in Philadelphia, PA. He received his advanced education in voice from Temple University, and in opera from Curtis Institute of Music. He has been awarded the DMA from Belford University.  Hopkins has won prizes in competitions including: The Verdi Prize in Busetto, Italy; Outstanding Tenor Award, Mantova, Italy; The Dealy Award and The Opera Index Grant.

As a singer, pianist, organist, Choral conductor, teacher and clinician, Hopkins has traveled throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and The Middle East, with recent performances including The Cervantes Festival (Mexico), Orvieto Festival (Italy) and Umbria Festival (France).

Hopkins serves The National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses as Director of Performance Ministries; The Hampton University Minister's Conference as Recital Co-Coordinator; and Gospel Music Workshop of America as Vocal Consultant to the Men's Department. He has been honored twice to prepare and present musicals for the National Baptist Convention, and was musical director for the NAACP's Centennial Celebration. At Arkansas Baptist College's EC Morris Institute he is Choral Clinician. For the Million Man March he was selected by Minister Farakahn to sing immediately following the address.

As an educator , he has served on the faculties of: Community College of Philadelphia; Morgan State University; Westminster Choir College and NY Seminary of the East. Currently, he is Coordinator of Classical Vocal and Operatic Activities at Howard University.

For more than a quarter of a century he has been Minister of Music for Harlem's Convent Avenue Baptist Church. He is also Artistic Director for Harlem Opera Theater and Music Director for the Harlem Jubilee Singers and Cocolo Japanese Gospel Choir.

He is a featured artist or more than 5 commercially released CD projects; one of which was nominated for a Grammy.