A former City Music Student and scholarship recipient for the Berklee 5-Week Summer Performance Program, Randiss Hopkins keeps busy and continues his success on his musical journey. Randiss attended the City Music Program through our member Chicago West Community Music Center under the tutelage of Howard Sandifer who “has played a very significant role in my life, and I am honored to have him as a mentor,” Randiss told us. Randiss is in his third year of a dual major in both music education and jazz performance, where he studies under jazz pianist Willie Pickens. His program take five years is expected to graduate in 2015.
“Since 5-Week, I’ve been truly blessed with many opportunities.” In 2010, during his senior year of high school, he was selected to be a part of the Chicago Public School All-City Jazz Band. “This gave me the opportunity to play at venues such as Navy Pier in Chicago, and even the American Jazz Room in Kansas City.” In 2011, he opened for gospel artist Fred Hammond, at the Convocation Center with the Northern Illinois Black Choir.
Recently he has started his own group called “Fresh Ingredients,” which fuses the sounds of neo-soul, jazz, and hip hop to create a fresh and pure sound. In the future, he plans to start a small hip hop/neo soul orchestra based off Fresh Ingredients under the name “Orchestra called Fresh”. Randiss is also one of the keyboardists for a project called “North Music,” a very unique hip hop/soul group that works and records with different artists in the Chicago area. When he is not in school, Randiss gives back to his community, by being a mentor at the place where he himself sought to expand his knowledge and capabilities at Chicago West Community Music Center. Check out their promo video: