Dr. Lee Hinkle is a Lecturer in the School of Music where he is Co-Director of Percussion Studies. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UMD in 2010. As a musician, he is a percussionist and baritone vocalist whose percussion playing has been called “rock-steady” by the Washington Post.
At UMD, Dr. Hinkle teaches applied percussion lessons, music directs the UMD Percussion Ensemble, acts as faculty advisor for the graduate student contemporary music ensemble TEMPO, teaches a class he created for music students MUSC448E/699E “The Entrepreneurial Musician,” and teaches an I-Series class MUSC289I “Exploring the Power of Musical Performance in Social Engagement.”
Dr. Hinkle was inspired to apply for an Elevate Fellowship at the encouragement of School of Music Director Jason Geary and ARHU Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Ralph Bauer; who encouraged him to elevate his class “The Entrepreneurial Musician” to become “Entrepreneurship for Arts Leaders” as part of a new Arts Leadership Minor degree program scheduled to be launched in Fall 2019.
Outside of UMD, Dr. Hinkle is the principal percussionist with the 21st Century Consort and regularly performs with notable ensembles such as the National Symphony Orchestra and for musicals at the Tony Award Winning Signature Theatre. He also serves on the Percussive Arts Society’s New Music/Research Committee and is the President of the MD/DE Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.