Faculty & Staff
Eric L. Hinton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Music/Director of Bands
Office Location: Cunningham Cma - Rm 151
PHD, Birmingham City University
MM, Northwestern University
BM, Northwestern University
Hinton received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Northwestern University, where he studied conducting and arranging with John P. Paynter, trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz and music education with Bennett Reimer and Don Owens. He received his Ph.D. from the Birmingham Conservatoire, where he studied conducting with Guy Woolfenden and Timothy Reynish, and additionally served as visiting lecturer in conducting.
Hinton was an active conductor and adjudicator in the United Kingdom. His performances with the Birmingham Conservatoire Wind Orchestra have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as well as Lyric FM in Ireland. He served as music director and conductor of the Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra and the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra, and associate conductor of the Central England Ensemble. Hinton was founder and conductor of the Telford New Symphony Orchestra, an innovative professional ensemble dedicated to the performance of both orchestral repertoire as well as contemporary repertoire for the wind orchestra.
An impassioned music educator, Hinton was the head of winds and percussion at the John-F.-Kennedy-Schule in Berlin, Germany, for seven years. In the United Kingdom, he conducted the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School Symphony Orchestra and Wind Orchestra. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees and education advisor to the Aston Performing Arts Academy, an organization that works in partnership with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to bring instrumental music instruction to African-Caribbean students in deprived areas of Birmingham. He has also conducted the Hertfordshire Youth Wind Orchestra. As conductor of the Cambridgeshire Youth Wind Orchestra, he has led them on successful tours of Ireland and France. In 2006, Hinton received an Honorary Fellowship (HonFBC) from the Birmingham Conservatoire.
Currently, Hinton is assistant professor of music and director of bands at Susquehanna University, where he conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Stadium Band. He also conducts the Collaborative Wind Project in which applied faculty and their students rehearse and perform challenging wind chamber repertoire. In addition, Hinton teaches trumpet and conducting as well as courses in brass instrument pedagogy and the history of literature of the wind orchestra. Hinton is director of the Susquehanna University High School Wind Ensemble Institute, which brings 54 talented wind and percussion students to the campus of Susquehanna University in the summer for an intense week of chamber music and wind ensemble performance. Hinton is in demand as a conductor and clinician and has appeared with ensembles throughout the United States. He has conducted at numerous all-state, region, district and county band festivals in Pennsylvania and New York and conducts the Symphonic Band at the New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine. His university ensembles have been invited to perform at professional conferences including the Music Educators National Conference and the College Band Directors National Association. His first book, Conducting the Wind Orchestra: Meaning, Gesture and Expressive Potential was published in December 2008 by Cambria Press.
- MUSC-001 Brass Lesson
- MUSC-002 Brass Lesson
- MUSC-040 Brass Class I
- MUSC-046 Brass Class II
- MUSC-072 Symphonic Band
- MUSC-073 Stadium Band
- MUSC-077 Training Ensemble
- MUSC-369 Beginning Conducting
- MUSC-371 Instrumental Conducting
- MUSC-501 Independent Study
- OFFP-MUEDSP Music Education in Spain