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Dr. Lee Hinkle’s percussion playing has been called “rock-steady” by the Washington Post and having “a notable sense of flare [sic]” by Potomac Stages. Since 2012, he has served as the principal percussionist for the 21st Century Consort: Washington, D.C.’s premiere contemporary music ensemble founded in 1975.  He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2014 with the world premiere performance of Baljinder Sekhon’s Double Percussion Concerto for two percussion soloists and wind ensemble. He holds M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from the University of Maryland and a B.M. degree from 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, Washington Master Chorale, 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 played many of the major musical theatre productions at the Tony Award Winning Signature Theatre in Shirlington, VA from 2008 to 2021.

As a recording studio musician and commissioner of contemporary chamber and solo music, Dr. Hinkle has well over a dozen CDs to his credit and his recordings can be heard on several different record labels including Capstone Records, New World Records, Albany Records, Navona, Neuma, and the C.F. Peter’s Corporation. On Marimba Concerti with Percussion Orchestra, published by Ravello Records, he is a featured marimba soloist with the McCormick Percussion Group.  In 2015, Dr. Hinkle released his first solo percussion CD entitled Theatrical Music for Solo Percussion on Albany Records to critical acclaim. Dr. Hinkle and composer Andrea Clearfield were the winners of the 2016 Global Premiere Consortium Commissioning Project. As a result, Dr. Hinkle led a consortium of marimba players from around the world to commission a new work by Andrea Clearfield for solo marimba with string quartet. He presented the piece both at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. and at the University of Maryland in 2018.

An active percussion recitalist, soloist, and clinician; Dr. Hinkle has presented solo recitals and master classes at universities, conservatories, and festivals both nationally and internationally including the Boston Conservatory, U.S.A.; Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, Lyon, France; and Konservatorium Wien, Privatuniversität, Vienna, Austria. Dr. Hinkle has presented at several state-level Percussive Arts Society “Days of Percussion” in Maryland and Florida.  He has performed as a featured soloist at two Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. At PASIC 2020 and 2021, Dr. Hinkle curated an hour-long video concert (2020) and a major five concert series and panel discussion entitled “New Music/Research Presents: Music for Voice and Percussion” (2021) with colleague Bonnie Whiting.

Dr. Hinkle served on the faculty at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD from 2009 to 2021 where he taught percussion, presented master classes, administered the percussion studio, and directed the percussion ensemble.  His activities at UMD included leading the UMD Percussion Ensemble to feature performances at several state level Percussive Arts Society “Days of Percussion” and two performances at the McCormick Marimba Festival in Tampa, FL. The UMD Percussion Ensemble was selected by audition to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in November 2016. Additional contributions at UMD included presenting faculty recitals, concerto performances, making recordings, and hosting guest artists. He worked on several collaborations with the music composition department and the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and has made contributions in the area of entrepreneurship for musicians.

From 2017 to 2018 at UMD, Dr. Hinkle taught a course of his own creation, The Entrepreneurial Musician. This course was designed to hone School of Music students’ entrepreneurial skills to help prepare them for a diverse and ever-changing career in the field of music. In 2018, Dr. Hinkle applied for and was awarded an Elevate Fellowship, a prestigious on campus award given to faculty who are retooling an academic class at UMD. As part of his Elevate Fellowship, Dr. Hinkle elevated and retooled his Entrepreneurial Musician class to become Entrepreneurship for Arts Leaders: one of the five required classes that comprises the Arts Leadership Minor program.

In the area of service, Dr. Hinkle serves on the Percussive Arts Society New Music/Research Committee and was the President of the MD/DE Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society from 2014 to 2021. He previously served for three years on the PAS Percussion Ensemble Committee. He also serves on the board of the 21st Century Consort. Dr. Hinkle has served on committees within the College of Arts and Humanities at UMD to create the Arts Leadership Minor program (launched in fall 2019) and on a committee for the creation of a new master’s degree in Arts Management (2020-2021).

Dr. Hinkle is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist.  Additionally, he endorses REMO drum heads and percussion, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, and Grover Pro Percussion.

Outside of the world of percussion, Dr. Hinkle is a PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor, practitioner of Isshinryu Karate, classically trained baritone vocalist, and enjoys playing folk acoustic guitar and song writing. An avid outdoorsman and adventure junky, he enjoys cycling, hiking, and rock climbing. In 2012, he and his wife Kristen cycled across the United States on the TransAmerica Trail (4,000 miles from Yorktown, VA to Astoria, OR) unsupported on touring bicycles. In 2018, he and his wife Kristen hiked the GR20, “the hardest hike in Europe,” on the island of Corsica (112 miles with an elevation gain of 40,000 feet[!]).

  • Education
    • BM from University of South Florida, summa cum laude
    • MM from University of Maryland College Park
    • DMA from Univeristy of Maryland College Park
  • Courses Taught

    Percussion Ensemble
    Mallet Ensemble

  • Publications + Presentations
    • Film


    • 2020, Percussionist, 21st Century Consort’s S P A C E D O U T, concert film, Aaron Percy, audio/video engineer, St. Marks Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.


    • 2020, Percussionist, 21st Century Consort’s H2O, concert film, H. Paul Moon, videographer, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.


    • 2019, Percussionist, 21st Century Consort’s The Passion of Scrooge or A Christmas Carol, DVD, Zen Violence Films, H. Paul Moon, videographer


    • 2016, Music Contractor, Featured Percussion Soloist on Soundtrack, Of Fortune and Gold, Prominence Films Inc.- Screening – London Film Festival 2016

      – Overall Winner – Boston International Film Festival 2016


    • Audio Recordings


    • 2020, “At Seventy: The Percussion Music of Stuart Saunders Smith,” The Authors: a marimba opera, Chen Li Music, CLM 107, 2020 *


    • 2019, “New Dawn: Compositions by Lawrence Moss” Innova Recordings, Innova 1027


    • 2019, “Patterns” Roads Traversed and Reversed by Daniel Adams, marimba duo with Robert McCormick, Navona Records, NV6243


    2017 re-release, “Marimba Concerti with Percussion Orchestra” McCormick Percussion Group, Ravello Records, The Capstone Collection, RR7952 *



    • 2017, “Thomas DeLio: Selected Compositions II (1972-2015),” Neuma Records, NEUMA 450-116




    • 2016, “Cathedral Music” 21st Century Consort and Folger Consort, Albany Records, TROY1615




    • 2015, “Live at Carnegie Hall and more… The University of South Florida Wind Ensemble, John C. Carmichael, Conductor” Mark Records




    • 2015, “Theatrical Music for Solo Percussion: Lee Hinkle, Percussion and Voice” Albany Records, TROY1524




    • 2015, “Percussion Sampler” 11 West Records




    • 2014, “Stuart Saunders Smith: A River Rose, Music for Violin” Airi Yoshioka, violin, New World Records, 80754-2




    • 2013, “The Year Begins to be Ripe: Percussion and Voices, Sylvia Smith performs music by Stuart Saunders Smith, John Cage, and Robert Erickson” 11 West Records




    • 2007, “culture samples: Concerti for Flute with Percussion Orchestra” McCormick Percussion Group, Ravello Records, The Capstone Collection, RR7834




    • 2007, “Music of the Americas” American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Robert Boudreau conductor, C. F. Peters Corporation, AWSO117




    • 2007, “Reflections” American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Robert Boudreau conductor, C. F. Peters Corporation, AWSO118



    2007, “The Percussion Music of Eun Hye Park” McCormick Percussion Group, Capstone Records, CPS-8782



    • 2005, “Marimba Concerti with Percussion Orchestra” McCormick Percussion Group, Capstone Records CPS-8775




    • 2004, “Modern Times” Howard J. Buss, McCormick Percussion Group, Capstone Records CPS-8735




    • 2004, “Answers” by Marcelo Ferreya, McCormick Percussion Group, Honey Rock Music