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. He is currently serving as the principal percussionist for the 21st Century Consort: the resident new music ensemble at the Smithsonian American Art Gallery. He holds degrees from the University of Maryland and the University of South Florida, summa cum laude.
An active performer, Dr. Hinkle’s 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. An active theater musician, he has played most of the major Broadway productions at the Tony Award Winning Signature Theatre in Shirlington, VA since 2008.
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. His forthcoming solo percussion CD entitled “Theatrical Music for Solo Percussion” will be published in 2014.
An active percussion recitalist, Dr. Hinkle has presented solo recitals and master classes at universities and festivals across the Eastern U.S., including the University of Central Florida; Virginia Commonwealth University; University of Delaware; Boston Conservatory; and several state level Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion. Dr. Hinkle was featured with the Janis Potter All-Star Mallet Ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in November 2010. Dr. Hinkle currently serves on the PAS Percussion Ensemble Committee.
Dr. Hinkle is currently serving on the faculty at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, where he has been studio teaching, presenting master classes, and directing the percussion ensemble since 2007. He was invited to join the adjunct faculty in August 2009. His activities at UMD have included leading the UM Percussion Ensemble to feature performances at several state level Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion and the Magic Marimba Festival in Tampa, FL; faculty recitals, performances, and recordings; collaborations with the composition and dance departments; and entrepreneurial leadership including the construction of a new course for the university.
Dr. Hinkle is a proud Education Artist Endorser of REMO drum heads and percussion, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, and Grover Pro Percussion.