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Visual & Performing Arts

Hugh Hinton

Director, Music Activities

Visual & Performing Arts

Dr. Hugh Hinton, D.M.A., serves at Merrimack College as Director of Campus Music Activities and leads the Merrimack Schola, the liturgical music ensemble of Campus Ministry. Dr. Hinton enjoys a varied musical career as a pianist, choral director, liturgical musician, and arranger.

As a concert pianist, he has performed across the United States and in many foreign countries, including Japan, Australia, Russia, and throughout the Middle East. He performed the premiere of Bernard Rands’s Triple Concerto with the Florida Philharmonic, and performed and recorded the work with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, released on Albany Records. Dr. Hinton also recorded Donald Martino’s 12 Preludes for Solo Piano, released on New World Records. His many other recordings of contemporary and chamber music can be found on the Naxos, Etcetera, CRI, Newport Classics, and MMC labels.  Dr. Hinton has been a member of the pioneering contemporary music group Core Ensemble since its founding. Core Ensemble has received national recognition for their unique programs, dubbed “chamber music theatre,” that focus on themes of diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice.  The most recent Core Ensemble production dramatized the lives of migrant farm workers in Florida, based on oral history narratives, in an example of “ethnographic theatre.” Dr. Hinton has served as music director, vocal coach, and dramaturg on Core Ensemble productions, arranging many jazz and popular pieces. He has also composed original music, including the incidental music for Kirsten Greenidge’s play Hinges Keep a City, produced by the Huntington Theatre Company at the Calderwood Pavilion in Boston.

Dr. Hinton earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from New England Conservatory. A passionate teacher, he has taught at the Longy School of Music of Bard College and at the College of the Holy Cross.  

Dr. Hinton is a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). 


D.M.A., New England Conservatory
M.M., New England Conservatory
B.A., Harvard University






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