Performance and Scholarship

After attending the Interlochen Arts Academy, guitarist and tenor Dr. Matthew Hinsley obtained his Bachelor of Music Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at age 20, and his Master of Music two years later from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in 2003.  Hinsley’s primary guitar instructors were Stephen Aron and Adam Holzman, and his vocal coach is Dr. David Stevens.  A recipient of numerous performance-based awards, and an active performer, he regularly gives concerts throughout the United States.  Dr. Hinsley has premiered many new works including a collection of five songs written for him in 2002 by Jonathan Kulp on poetry of Emily Dickinson.  In his program notes for the Dickinson songs the composer wrote: “Knowing Hinsley’s considerable abilities as a guitarist/singer, I felt free to write fairly challenging parts for both guitar and voice with full confidence that he could pull it off, and he does so with an ease that takes one’s breath away.”

In 2000 he won the Music Teacher’s National Association, Gibson Collegiate Artist Guitar Competition and won Second Prize in the American String Teacher’s Association National Solo String Competition.  About his debut solo CD Live, in Austin, Michael Barnes of the Austin-American Statesman wrote, “Hinsley plays the classical guitar with rare clarity and composure.”

Dr. Hinsley enjoys performing a wide variety of music for both guitar solo and art-song with guitar.  He has regularly performed Mario Casetlnuovo-Tedesco’s complete 10-song cycle entitled Vogelweide about which Hinsley wrote his 2003 doctoral treatise.  He also regularly performs songs of Dowland, Schubert, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Sor, and others, along with solo guitar works ranging from Bach and Scarlatti, to Giuliani, Regondi, Albeniz, Villa-Lobos, and Brouwer.

In addition to his doctoral treatise entitled Poetic-Musical Synthesis in Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Vogelweide, Dr. Hinsley has written a children’s method book: Classical Guitar for Young People , and published seven articles in Soundboard, the international trade journal of the Guitar Foundation of America.  He is currently completing his newest book- Art and Community: How to Build Non-Profit Arts Organizations.

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