Meet Sandy Hinkley, our Artistic Director!

I am honored to have been selected as the Artistic Director for the Montgomery County Choral Society and would like to express my appreciation to the Board and its members for their sincere welcome. I look forward to making music with this resilient and extraordinary group of people. Many exciting opportunities lie ahead in the Conroe arts community—I invite you all to join us for the 51st season and be a part of the MCCS family!



Sandy Hinkley received a Bachelor of Music Education from the Florida State University (1993), a Master of Music Education from the University of Central Florida (2004), and a Ph.D. in Choral Conducting and Music Education from the Florida State University (2017).

In 2017, Hinkley joined the faculty at Sam Houston State University, where she serves as the Associate Director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of Music Education. At SHSU, she teaches courses in music education, conducts the tenor-bass choir, and serves as a mentor to music education students in various capacities. Hinkley also oversees the summer Choral Educators Professional Development Workshop sponsored by the SHSU Center for Music Education. She is an ardent supporter of educators at every stage of their career and spends considerable time in classrooms working with teachers and students alike.

Prior to joining the faculty at SHSU, Hinkley taught for 20 years in Florida at both the middle and high school levels. Choirs under her direction were invited to perform at the FMEA Professional Development Conference, as well as at ACDA State, Regional, and National conferences. She spent a decade writing music curriculum at the district level and supervised numerous student teachers from state-wide universities. During her time at the middle school level, Hinkley was honored as Teacher of the Year, a recognition that afforded her a platform to further promote music education in schools.

Hinkley is an active conductor and clinician and has presented workshops at TMEA, TCDA, NAFME, ACDA, and FMEA conferences. Her research interests include choral pedagogy and music literacy, with work most recently published in the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing. Throughout her career, Hinkley has also been actively engaged in professional service, serving in leadership roles such as the National ACDA Children’s Honor Choir Manager, Florida Vocal Association District Chairman, and Florida ACDA High School Honor Choir Chairman. She currently maintains an active membership in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA), Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAFME), and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

Hinkley’s love for community choirs began early on when she conducted the Tallahassee Civic Chorale during her undergraduate years. While teaching, she worked with the Rollins College Bach Festival Children’s Choir (Winter Park, Florida), and later conducted the Tallahassee Community Chorus as a part of her doctoral studies. Hinkley is an advocate of life-long singing and strives to create an inclusive and respectful environment where every singer feels valued, seen, and heard.

Hinkley is a proud resident of Conroe, Texas, where she enjoys the many wonderful things that this thriving community has to offer.