Dr. Lee Hinson

Professor of Church Music
Office Location Raley Chapel, 128
Phone (Office) 405.585.4318
OBU Mailbox # 61276
Email lee.hinson@okbu.edu


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 nineteen 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 a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Shawnee. He serves as an interim and supply worship leader throughout Oklahoma and 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

  • MUCL 1072 Introduction to Music and Worship Ministry
  • MUCL 1512 Leading Worship with Guitar
  • MUCL 2522 Handbell Literature and Techniques
  • MUCL 3543 History of Worship
  • MUCL 3553 Theology of Worship
  • MUCL 3563 Song of the Church
  • MUCL 3572 Planning and Leading Worship Seminar
  • MUCL 4522 Instrumental Music in the Church
  • MUCL 4552 Multigenerational Worship
  • MUCL 4592 Worship Leadership Internship
  • MUPR 1749 University Ringers
  • FNAR 2063 Arts and Western Culture


  • Handbell Musicians of America
  • Baptist Church Music Conference
  • Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma
  • The CenturyMen
  • International Council of Ethnodoxologists
  • The Hymn Society of the United States and Canada

Selected Publications

The peer-reviewed paper, Baptist Hymnal 2008 as a Window into Baptist Worship Culture, can be found at the following link: http://www.baylor.edu/content/services/document.php/98376.pdf

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)

"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)

"Using Choral Accompaniment Tracks: Taking a Fresh Look" (Winter 2015-2016) 

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

"Building a Choral Culture in Contemporary Worship" (Fall 2016)