Lee Hinkle, D.M.A., is a percussionist and baritone vocalist whose percussion playing has been called “rock-steady” by the Washington Post. Hinkle is the principal percussionist with the 21st Century Consort. 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.
Hinkle’s notable performances have included the National Symphony Orchestra as well as tours with Bebe Neuwirth, Bernadette Peters, and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. With over a dozen published albums to his credit, Hinkle’s most recent solo album released in January 2015, Theatrical Music for Solo Percussion, can be heard on Albany Records. An active percussion soloist, Hinkle has performed at universities, conservatories, and festivals both nationally and internationally, as well as at three Percussive Arts Society International Conventions.
Hinkle currently serves on the faculty at the University of Maryland where he is Co-Director of Percussion Studies. 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. Hinkle is a Yamaha Performing Artist and proudly endorses Remo, Innovative Percussion, and Grover Pro Percussion.
Robert McCormick is currently Professor of Music and director of the percussion program at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He served as principal percussionist/assistant timpanist with the Florida Orchestra for 20 seasons. He is a former member of the Harry Partch Ensemble and often performs with high profile artists of all genres. In 2010, he conducted the premiere performance of Chan Hae Lee’s Korean folk opera Simcheongga at the National Center of Performing Arts in Seoul. In March 2014 McCormick performed the world premiere of Baljinder Sekhon’s Double Percussion Concerto at Carnegie Hall with percussionist Lee Hinkle.
His myriad recordings with the McCormick Percussion Group, McCormick Duo, and others continually receive the highest critical acclaim from composers and scholars. McCormick is the host of the annual McCormick Marimba Festival which attracts major university marimba ensembles and performers from around the world. McCormick was the 2006 recipient of the Florida Music Educator of the Year Award; the 2007 Grand Prize in the Keystone Percussion Composition Award; the 2010 University Distinguished Teacher Award; and the 2015 Percussive Arts Society Lifetime Achievement in Education Award. He has also received several Global Music Awards for his album recordings, many of which are published on the Ravello label and distributed by Naxos. McCormick is most proud of the many highly successful students he has had the opportunity to work with over the years.
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James William Stamm
James William Stamm completed his classical guitar and theory/composition B.F.A. at Marshall University in Huntington WV. As of the release of PATTERNS, he is completing an M.F.A. in film music composition at UNC School of the Arts. His musical background also includes songwriting.
Stamm’s ambition going forward is to continue creating concert works and establishing a career in film scoring, songwriting, and sharing music of all kinds.