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Susquehanna University’s Eric Hinton to Sign Books at Kind Cafe

Feb. 11, 2009

Selinsgrove, (Pa.)—Eric S. Hinton, assistant professor of music and director of bands at Susquehanna University, will host a signing of his book, “Conducting the Wind Orchestra: Meaning, Gesture, and Expressive Potential,” on Feb. 19 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Kind Café, 16 N. Market St., Selinsgrove. Refreshments will be served at the free public event.

“Conducting the Wind Orchestra” explores a conductor’s methods for drawing full expression from select orchestral music. Author Hinton examines the idea of meaning in music, including how meaning arises from performance in both musical and other ways.

“The book allows conductors to look at the score in a way that breaks down some of the barriers erected by traditional analysis,” Hinton says. “They can see how to use this kind of idea, or that kind, as a jumping-off point, as a way of getting inside the music.”

“Conducting the Wind Orchestra” was released in December 2008 by academic publisher Cambria Press.

In addition to his position at Susquehanna University, Hinton holds a Ph.D. in conducting from the Birmingham Conservatoire/University of Central England and was made an Honorary Fellow of that institution for his contributions to the Conservatoire and to musical life in the West Midlands of England. Hinton also holds a Master of Music degree in conducting and a Bachelor of Music degree in education from Northwestern University. His principal teachers were Timothy Reynish, Guy Woolfenden, Don Owens and John P. Paynter. While in England, he was musical director and conductor of the Telford New Symphony Orchestra, as well as principal conductor of the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra and the Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra. Hinton has also published in the Journal of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a private liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Study and service learning abroad, collaborative research among students and faculty, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers.

Contact: Karen Jones

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