5 kids & me

Mary Hopson, pictured with some of her 190+ beginning orchestra students, has been on the Anchorage School District's Music Department permanent staff since 1988 and on the substitute staff for 3 years prior to that. During those years, she has taught band, strings and classroom music classes. Her current assignment is beginning orchestra in seven elementary schools.
She frequently contributes original music and arrangements to the elementary orchestra repertoire.

Ancient History

Grew up in upstate New York
as the fifth of seven children
in the Balch family:
Graduated from Weedsport
Central Schools 1965 - ->.
Attended Crane School of Music
on a full-tuition academic
Regents Scholarship.
Graduated 1969

high school photo

Alaska map
Drove to Alaska in 1971.
Lived in Fairbanks, Nome, Anchor Point and Homer before moving to Anchorage in '85.

Mary Hopson violin Mary Hopson orchestra teacher Mary Hopson cello


Computers/MIDI music
Bicycle touring
(Nebraska to New York '74
Alaska to Arizona '75 --->
Fairbanks to Anchorage '93)
Hiking & Photography
(mini samples below)

young me on bike trip
Click to see the scene better.

pink wildflower

fireweed photo

just me again
Favorite Shakespearean Quote:

"There is
in the web"
from Othello

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Member of

A Fat Old Lady
Takes up Climbing

of Alaska


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Turtle Puddle

phenomenal woman award

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Turtle Puddle


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Mary Hopson's cats and turtles