Roy Hopp (b. 1951) is the Director of Music at Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI and Adjunct Professor of Choral Music at Calvin Theological Seminary, where he directs the Calvin Theological Seminary Choir.
Hopp graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and from Michigan State University with a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting. He did further studies in church music and composition with Richard Hillert at Concordia University in River Forest, IL. He has served as a Director of Music in churches in West Michigan and Colorado for the past twenty years.
His choral compositions have appeared in the catalogues of AugsburgFortress, earthsongs, GIA Publications, Inc., Kjos, Morni… Go to person page >
Roy Hopp (PHH 11) initially composed the tune for Daniel Meeter's versification of the Ten Commandments, “The LORD Is God, There Is No Other,” published in Rejoice in the Lord (1985). He named the tune DENVER after he learned it was being considered for publication in the Psalter Hymnal as a setting for Vander Veen's text. He had been living in Denver, Colorado, when he composed the tune, and he knew Vander Veen, who lived next door to his parents-in-law there. Hopp's distinctive cadences carry the energy from one line of DENVER to the next. Keep the organ registration bright on this unison tune but not necessarily loud, except at the doxological end of stanza 4.