Randy began dancing at age nine, but a football injury (broken leg) at age 15 created a boring six-month lay-up. During this time, he was inspired to give calling a try. He attended the 1967 Central Iowa Callers Clinic in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1972, Randy took on a teaching position at Fridley Grace High School. During his summer breaks, he found himself traveling farther and farther from home. In 1979, he left his teaching position to devote full time to his professional calling career. From 1979 to 1986, he called on a regular basis for seven home clubs in the Twin Cities area and broadened his traveling circuit to include much of the United States and many foreign countries. In 1986, Randy left Minnesota for the warmer climate of Arizona. Currently he runs a busy dance program in Texas during the winter season. In the summer he tours the United States and books many foreign calling trips; recently including such countries as Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Japan, Saudi Arabia, England, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. To date he has attended, and called for, nearly 40 National Conventions. He is an accredited Callerlab Caller Coach. He has served three terms on the Board of Governors of Callerlab, served on the Executive Committee for two years, and many instructional panels. Randy has been honored with a Special Recognition Award from Chairman Mike Seastrom for his assistance in taping all the sessions at the 1993 National Convention in order to establish the frequency count in use today. Throughout his career, Randy has recorded hits for many record companies.
We have been extremely fortunate in securing the services of Dr. Arden Hopkin from Utah, USA as our Voice Coach for the 2020 Conference. Arden is well known in Callerlab circles, as he first presented sessions on voice at Callerlab back in the early 80’s. Over the years he was able to create the same interest and assistance to callers at many Callerlab Conventions. He retired a few years ago, however, he has agreed to being with us in 2020 and offers the same assistance to callers attending the 2020 Conference.
It is envisaged that he will have an introductory session for all attendees, followed with at least three sessions, covering each of the three groups that we will be planning for. Not only these sessions for 12 –15 callers, but Arden will also be available for ‘one-on-one’ sessions as well.
An accidental enrolment in high school choir set J. Arden Hopkin on a career as a singer that has encompassed many delivery platforms including the operatic and musical theatre stage, oratorio, the concert hall and the recital platform. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, the Master’s degree of Music from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor’s degree of Music from Brigham Young University(BYU). For much of his adult life, he has balanced the pressures of teaching and performing.
He specializes in the vocal music of Iberia and Latin America. He has performed and presented master classes internationally in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Spain, and Israel. He has released a CD, Songs of Spain, reflecting his interest in that musical tradition.
For many years, he served as the Head of Vocal Studies at BYU and taught studio voice, French and Spanish lyric diction, and vocal pedagogy in the School of Music, where he spent his time training the next generation of voice teachers. He retired in 2014.
A frequent oratorio soloist, Hopkin's voice has been heard around the world on the Armed Forces Radio Network performing the Messiah with the Lake Charles Symphony. He has performed the major works of Bach, Mendelssohn's Elijah,and both the Brahms and Faure Requiem in his repertoire.
In the summer of 2003, Hopkin was an invited guest faculty at the 18th International Music Seminar held at the School of Music of the Federal University of Bahia, Salvador Brazil, where he taught vocal pedagogy and performed a recital. He was invited to return in the summer of 2004 and took with him several BYU students to participate in the classes and gain international exposure through study and performance.
For 18 months, 2014-16, he and his wife, Lorraine, filled a volunteer service assignment in Northern Israel under the auspices of the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. They volunteered in public and private schools teaching English through music. He also presented master classes for the University of Haifa and the Northern Galilee Chorale.
Started Square Dancing to Tommy Cavanaugh in England with my family in 1967 before immigrating to Perth Western Australia in 1968. Started calling and in 1969 with my first club, Shanondoahs.
I subscribed to an Overseas correspondence caller’s note service to help me learn the tricks of the trade and bought every book possible as this very quickly became my passion with Mainstream/Plus/Advanced/Rounds
1992 became a full-time Caller. Started a Record and Tape business and formed own an Australian Record Label “Aussie Tempos” and Down Under Records.
Convenor for two Australian Nationals
Callerlab Accredited Caller Coach in 2008
Celebrating 50 years calling
Susan and I are blessed with 6 beautiful children, 12 grandchildren and wonderful friends all over the world. Let’s keep this wonderful activity lasting forever.
The sub-committee is currently discussing the use of at least 1 other presenter. More details will be provided as they come to hand.