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Dr. Lee Hinson

Professor of Church Music
Worship and Music


Dr. Hinson has been leading worship in local churches for over forty years.  He began writing about church music and worship in 1993, and has had articles published in periodicals such as The Choral Journal, Church Musician Today, and the Midwestern Journal of Theology. The latter publication contains his article, "Leadership of the Church Choir: An Examination of the Connection to Biblical and Historical Models with Implications for the 21st Century."

For over seventeen years, he has been the regular writer for the opening article of The Music Stand, a choir directors' quarterly magazine contained in the Glory Songs Kit published by LifeWay Christian Resources. In 2008, Dr. Hinson authored a book chapter entitled "In Defense of Change: Crucible of the Church's Song" which was included in Hymnology in the Service of the Church: Essays in Honor of Harry Eskew. Dr. Hinson presented the peer-reviewed paper, “Baptist Hymnal 2008 as a Window into Baptist Worship Culture” at the Colloquium on Baptist Church Music, sponsored by the Center for Christian Music Studies, Baylor University, September 24-25, 2009. This conference was in honor of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the first Baptist church.

He was honored to be the conductor for the 41st Annual Concerto-Aria Concert sponsored by OBU, February 15, 2015. OBU students performed with full orchestra featuring works by Haydn, Mozart, Handel, Massenet, Gershwin, Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro, as well as an original composition by one of the students. Hinson has also served as a field thesis supervisor for the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies.  He is also a regular faculty member for the Resonate! Worship Arts Camp sponsored by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, leading the guitar track and playing in the Evening Worship Band.

Dr. Hinson is currently a member and minister of music at the Shawnee Bible Church.  He also directs the OBU University Ringers.


  • B.M.E., Baylor University
  • M.M., East Texas State University (now Texas A & M, Commerce)
  • M.A.R.E., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • D.M.A., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Dissertation: "An Investigation of Common Stylistic Traits Found in Selected Sacred Choral Works of Randall Thompson and Virgil Thomson"

Courses Taught

  • CHMU 1000  Fellowship of Church Musicians
  • CHMU 1503  Music Theory for the Worship Leader
  • CHMU 1702  Leading Worship with Guitar
  • CHMU 2012  Handbell Literature and Techniques
  • CHMU 2102  Introduction to Music and Worship Ministry
  • CHMU 2381  Church Music Administration
  • CHMU 3472  Age Groups in Music Ministry
  • CHMU 3703  Corporate Worship I
  • CHMU 3713  Corporate Worship II
  • CHMU 3801  Worship Leadership Seminar
  • CHMU 4501  Issues in Church Music
  • CHMU 4582  Instrumental Music in the Church
  • CHMU 4731  Music Ministry Internship
  • FNAR 2063  Arts and Western Culture
  • MUOR 1109  University Ringers


  • American Choral Directors Association
  • Handbell Musicians of America
  • Baptist Church Music Conference
  • Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma
  • The CenturyMen

Selected Publications

Selected Articles from The Music Stand

"Teaching Music to Your Choir: Part One, How Do They Learn?" (Winter 2002-2003)

"Teaching Music to Your Choir: Part Two, Using Their Learning Styles" (Spring 2003)

"Practice Tips for Practice Tracks" (Winter 2004-2005)

"The Arch-Shaped Rehearsal: A Plan for Effective Choir Practice" (Spring 2006)

"Conducting Your Choir: Part Four, Releases" (Summer 2007)

“Energy in Choir Rehearsals:  Sapping It or Instilling It” (Summer 2013)

“LifeWay Worship, the Worship Sets, and Your Choir” (Fall 2013)

“Multigenerational Choirs: What Would It Look Like?” (Spring 2016)