Matthew Hinson holds a degree in MusicEducation from East Carolina University, with concentrations in vocal music and piano accompaniment. Mr. Hinson currently serves as Music Director for the grades 6-12 Musical Theatre programs at Northwest School of the Arts inCharlotte, where he has musically directed over 75 productions. He has musically directed shows at Theatre Charlotte and Community School of Davidson, numerous master classes and workshops in the U.S. and U.K., conducted and accompanied workshops for the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, and sung with the NorthCarolina Symphony, Opera Carolina, Charlotte Men’s Ensemble, and Charlotte SymphonyOrchestra. Mr. Hinson has directed and conducted with Cabarrus CountyPlaymakers and Catawba Care Coalition, performed with Old Courthouse Theatre, and other high schools in the Charlotte area. Some of Mr. Hinson’s favorite awards have been the Jimmy Award for Inspirational Teaching, I Am CMS award for excellent teaching, awards for NATS vocal competitions, and is the sole recipient of the highly coveted CV Thumby Award. In addition to his work in education and theatre, he also serves as Residence Life Director ofSummer Ventures in Science and Math at Appalachian State University.