Dr. Matthew Hinsley was trained as a classical guitarist and vocalist at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin. Beyond performing and scholarly pursuits, Dr. Hinsley has cultivated two primary professional interests: to enhance the way young classical guitarists are trained in America, and to transform the way arts organizations serve our diverse communities.
As Executive Director of the Austin Classical Guitar Society, Dr. Hinsley has raised well beyond $1,500,000 in support of broad concert, outreach and educational programming. He was a lead author in the ACGS’ curriculum that serves thousands of young students throughout North America, and founded the ACGS performance outreach program.
Dr. Hinsley’s private studio has produced students who have three-times advanced to the final round of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International youth competition, including the winner in 2006, and who have appeared in the finals of, or won, many other national and international youth competitions. Dr. Hinsley’s primary classical guitar instructors were Stephen Aron and Adam Holzman.
In 2008 his increasingly popular book, Classical Guitar for Young People, was published by EnvisionArts. He recently published his second book Creativity to Community: Arts Nonprofit Success One Coffee at a Time.