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James M. Hinson is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Winds, Brass, and Percussion. He received the B.M. degree in performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the M.M. degree from the Juilliard School, and D.M. degree from Florida State University. His teachers have included Joseph Allard, Robert Listokin, Donald Oehler, and Frank Kowalsky.

Prior to his appointment at SIUE in 1994, Dr. Hinson served on the faculties of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Davidson College, Central Piedmont Community College, and the College of Charleston. He has performed as clarinetist with the National Orchestra of New York, the Charleston Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Illinois Symphony and the Breckenridge Music Festival in Breckenridge, CO. Many of his clarinet and saxophone students have won principal positions in performing ensembles including the St. Louis Youth Symphony, the Illinois All-State Honors Orchestra, the Illinois All-State Band, and the Missouri-Illinois Bi-State Band.

Currently a member of the Meridian Trio, Dr. Hinson is conducting research into new and undiscovered works for clarinet, viola, and piano and has recently completed a compact disk entitled "Romantic and Contemporary Music for Viola, Clarinet and Piano".