June 12, 1933, White Mound, Texas.


Hopson is a full-time composer/church music clinician living in Dallas, Texas. He studied at Baylor University (BA 1954); Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky (MSM 1956); and taught church music at Westminster Choir College (1983–84) and Scarritt Graduate School (1984–88). He has over 1,200 published works to his credit. With a special interest in congregational song, he has made a significant contribution to the repertoire of hymn tunes and responsorial psalm settings in newly published hymnals and psalm collections. His cantata, God with Us, was one of the few compositions selected by a panel at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, to be placed in a capsule during the American Bicentennial in 1976; the capsule is to be opened in 2076. Active as a conductor and clinician, he is included in The International Who’s Who in Music, Cambridge, England, and has been awarded the title of National Patron by Delta Omicron, a professional fraternity of musicians.

  1. Earth Belongs to the Lord, The
  2. Gift of Love, The
  3. Happy Are They Who Delight
  4. O Lord, You Are My God, I Trust in You
  5. Joy Abounds for All the Faithful
  6. Lord, We Sing with Joyful Voices
  7. Lord, You Are My Strength
  8. Lord, You Have Searched Me
  9. Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord
  10. Now, Lord, You Have Kept Your Word
  11. O Lord, My Delight
  12. Halle, Halle, Halleluja!
  13. Sing a New Song to the Lord
  14. Teach Us to Know the Shortness of Our Days
  15. We Are Singing, for the Lord Is Our Light
  16. With Joy I Heard My Friends Exclaim