The American composer, tenor and music pedagogue, N. Lincoln Hanks, was raised in Muscatine, Iowa and attended college in Nashville, Tennessee at Lipscomb University, where he studied piano with Jerome Reed and obtained his Bachelor of Art degree in Applied Music in 1991. His masters and doctoral work in music composition were completed in 1995 and 2000 respectively at Indiana University in Bloomington where he studied composition with Don Freund, Frederick Fox, and Claude Baker.
N. Lincoln Hanks’ accolades include winning the Contemporary Choral Composition Competition from The Roger Wagner Center for Choral Studies (1999) and an ASCAP Foundation/Morton Gould Young Composer Award (1999). He has been commissioned and performed by many distinguished performing artists and performing groups, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cyprus String Quartet, The Dale Warland Singers, San Francisco’s Volti vocal ensemble and pianist, Paul Barnes. His music has been featured on the North/South Consoance, Cutting Edge and Boston New Music Initiative concert series, as well as many others. In 2010 he was honored as a finalist in the Lilly Fellows Program Arlin G. Meyer Prize for his opera/oratorio, Tegel Passion. His work for solo piano, Prayers and Meditations, was awarded 2nd place in the music+culture 2011 International Competition for Composers. His Orbits for two pianos was featured at at the Tennessee Governor’s Schools for the Arts in 2011 and 2012. In 2004 Lincoln created and directed the Songfest Program for New Art Song at Pepperdine University, featuring acclaimed composer, John Harbison. Lincoln now co-directs The Ascending Voice: an International Symposium of Sacred A Cappella Music, an ongoing academic conference and music festival in Malibu, CA. He is currently a board member for composition in the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the College Music Society.
N. Lincoln Hanks is also a professional tenor singer Thriving in both ends of the music spectrum, he studied early music performance practice with Thomas Binkley and then Paul Hillier at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute. While at Indiana University he co-founded The Concord Ensemble, an a cappella group that won the first Grand Prize in the Early Music America/Dorian Records Competition. He currently directs Alchymey, a vocal ensemble based in Los Angeles.
N. Lincoln Hanks is Associate Professor of Music at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, teaching Music Theory and Composition.