The two musicians will begin teaching at Southern Methodist University’s music school in Dallas, Texas in autumn 2020


Alexander Sitkovetsky © Vincy Ng

Violinists Alexander Sitkovetsky and Chad Hoopes have been appointed to the faculty at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas, from autumn 2020. Both musicians will teach individual students and conduct studio classes. They will also perform with students in semester-long chamber music workshops and present public recitals.

Sitkovetsky, a former Menuhin School student, founding member of the Sitkovetsky Trio and soloist, will serve as SMU’s artist-in-residence. He is currently a member of the string faculty at London’s Royal Academy of Music.

Chad Hoopes won the Junior Category of the 2008 Menuhin Competition and was a 2017 recipient of Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Career Grant, following studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music and at the Kronberg Academy in Germany. He will serve as professor of practice at SMU.

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Watch: Sitkovetsky Trio plays Beethoven’s Trio in E flat major
Read: Avery Fisher Career Grants awarded to violinists Chad Hoopes and Stephen Waarts, plus the Dover Quartet


Chad Hoopes

’I am delighted to be appointed artist-in-residence at the SMU Meadows School of the Arts,’ said Sitkovetsky. ’This is an incredible opportunity to contribute in many different facets to the musical fabric of this historical institution and world-class university. I look forward to working with my outstanding colleagues to enrich the cultural lives of the students and to continue to develop this renowned programme.’

Hoopes added: ’I am thrilled to be joining the wonderful faculty at SMU Meadows, and look forward to sharing all of my experiences with the students and helping them achieve their goals!’