Private Saxophone Lessons
COMP Program Instructor
Lucas Hopkins, a California native, and winner of the 2011 Yamaha Performing Artist competition, gave his solo orchestral debut performing the Glazunov saxophone concerto with the Oakland East Bay Symphony in January 2012. Hopkins was described as giving a “spectacular rendition” and “stunning performance of the saxophone concerto” by the Benicia Herald.
Lucas currently teaches and performs in and around Ann Arbor, and is the bass saxophonist for the internationally renowned saxophone sextet, The Moanin’ Frogs, which have performed throughout the country and abroad.
Having recently graduated from the University of Michigan, earning his second graduate degree in music (specialist degree), Lucas studied under saxophone virtuosso Timothy McAllister and jazz saxophone with Andrew Bishop and Bill Sears. Lucas also holds a master's degree in saxophone performance from Northwestern University, also studying under McAllister. Having received a bachelor’s of music at the University of Minnesota, Lucas studied with world-renowned saxophonist and pedagogue Eugene Rousseau, as a Lehnerts scholar. As a member of the University of Minnesota Saxophone Quartet he also performed the solo tenor saxophone part in the world premiere of Roger Boutry’s concerto for saxophone quartet and wind ensemble, Eclats D’Azzur, in October 2009. Lucas has also had a lot of recent success in competitions; Lucas won the North Shore musicians club solo competition, his quartet placed second in the North American Saxophone Alliance saxophone quartet competition, he won the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s concerto competition in 2011, leading to his concerto performance, and won second prize in the 2011 and 2012 Thursday Musical solo competition in St. Paul Minnesota.
In addition to being an avid classical saxophonist, Lucas has performed in numerous pit orchestras and frequently gigs as a jazz saxophonist. Lucas has performed well over 300 gigs throughout the California Bay Area, greater Los Angeles area and Michigan for various events including: private parties, weddings, festivals, fundraisers, farmers markets, and restaurants.
Lucas has been teaching saxophone privately since 2007, with students of all ages and abilities, and has been teaching for the Community Music School of Ann Arbor and its COMP program since fall 2014.