Lecturer, PercussionDirector, Percussion Ensemble Wind & Percussion Division
B.M. University of South Florida, summa cum laude, M.M., D.M.A. University of Maryland
Dr. Lee Hinkle is a percussionist and classically trained baritone vocalist whose percussion playing has been called “rock-steady” by the Washington Post and having “a notable sense of flare [sic]” by Potomac Stages. His performance highlights have included performances with the National Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Left Bank Concert Society, Congressional Chorus, and the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He has toured with several performers and groups, including Bebe Neuwirth, Bernadette Peters, and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to these projects, he has been a regular performer at the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre in Shirlington, VA. In October 2009, he was a featured concerto soloist for Christopher Rouse’s Der Geretette Alberich with the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra.
A recording studio musician, Dr. Hinkle has several CDs to his credit, and his recordings can be heard on four different record labels, including Capstone Records and the C.F. Peter's Corporation. On Marimba Concerti with Percussion Orchestra, published by Capstone Records, he is a featured marimba soloist with the McCormick Percussion Group.
An active percussion recitalist, Dr. Hinkle has presented solo recitals and masterclasses at universities and festivals across the Eastern U.S., including the University of South Florida; Virginia Commonwealth University; Arts Club of Washington; and the Maryland / Delaware Percussive Arts Society's Day of Percussion. Dr. Hinkle will perform with the Janis Potter All-Star Mallet Ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in November 2010.
Dr. Hinkle has served as the music director of the University of Maryland Percussion Ensemble since the fall of 2007. In addition to two concerts per academic year, the ensemble regularly performs for “Maryland Day,” a university-wide event that caters to the local community and sees more than 70,000 attendees annually. The ensemble performs both classical transcriptions and the music of contemporary composers such as John Cage, Tan Dun, Sven-David Sandström, and George Crumb.
The percussion ensemble regularly features guest soloists, which have included Evelyn Elsing (cello); Gregory Miller (horn); David Salness (violin); and Sarah Eckman (flute). Under Dr. Hinkle's direction, the ensemble performed at the MD/DE Day of Percussion in 2008, and was featured in the Bang on a Can Marathon new music concert in March 2009. In January 2009, the ensemble were guest performers in the Magic Marimba Festival at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.
Dr. Hinkle is currently a lecturer at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, where he has been studio teaching, presenting masterclasses, and directing the percussion ensemble since 2007. He was invited to join the adjunct faculty in August 2009.
Outside of the world of percussion, Lee is a PADI Scuba Divemaster, a brown belt in Isshinryu Karate, and a classically trained baritone vocalist. He can be found singing Sunday mornings at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville, MD.
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