Since his 1996 arrival in Austin, Dr. Hinsley has been centrally involved in the operations of the Austin Classical Guitar Society. The organization, in 1996, had an operational budget of less than $5,000, in contrast to more than $400,000 in 2008-2009. As Executive Director he has personally raised over $1,000,000 in individual donations and grants for the organization’s broad programming and has presented virtually all of the major classical guitar acts in the world including John Williams, Manuel Barrueco, Pepe Romero, The LA Guitar Quartet, Eliot Fisk, the Assad Duo, Christopher Parkening, Los Romeros and many more.
Dr. Hinsley has developed a range of programming at the Austin Classical Guitar Society that includes: High profile events in its International Concert & Summer Chamber Series; 3 annual Community Concert Series that have played to over 20,000, with guest artists performing 10, free concerts each around the community removing economic, cultural and geographic barriers to hearing great music; Educational Outreach serving over 500 students in 9 schools on a daily basis with classroom instruction and an individual lesson component for low-income students; Curriculum Development resulting in an online guitar curriculum published in Fall 2008 to make teaching tools available worldwide; Community Guitarists programming with several ensembles of adult amateur students promoting life-long learning in the arts; The Guitars Galore Ensemble Festival bringing together similar groups from around the region; the annual Texas Based Composition Competition to promote new music for guitar ensemble in Texas; and a variety of meetings, workshops and classes.
Through ACGS Hinsley has commissioned two major new works for guitar and string quartet. The first, Caprichos by Leonardo Balada, was written for and premiered by Eliot Fisk and the Miró String Quartet in 2006. The second was from Argentine composer Jorge Morel for Naumberg prize-winning guitarist Jorge Caballero and the New York-based Axis string quartet. The piece was premiered to a packed house over two nights at Austin’s Mexican American Cultural Center as part of ACGS’ 2008 Summer Chamber Music Series. Hinsley also commissioned French composer and classical guitarist, Roland Dyens to write Austin Tango which was premiered at the 5th annual Guitars Galore festival by over 100 guitarists from Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
ACGS is one of the largest classical guitar organizations worldwide. To learn more about the organization’s broad community service, award winning students in vast education programs, new commissions and major events, please visit ACGS online.
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