N. Lincoln Hanks completed his graduate work in music composition at Indiana University-Bloomington, where he studied composition with Don Freund, Frederick Fox and Claude Baker. Lincoln also studied composition with John Harbison at the Aspen School of Music. Additionally, Lincoln learned early music performance practice with Thomas Binkley and Paul Hillier at IU’s Early Music Institute, where he helped found the award-winning vocal group, The Concord Ensemble. His recognitions include winning the Contemporary Choral Composition Competition from The Roger Wagner Center for Choral Studies, and he has received an ASCAP Foundation/Morton Gould Young Composer Award. 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 and San Francisco’s Volti vocal ensemble.
Lincoln is a founder and the co-director of The Ascending Voice, an international symposium of sacred a cappella music. Begun in 2006 the symposium will be held again in 2010, commissioning new choral and congregational works, inviting distinguished professional and collegiate choral ensembles to Pepperdine University for performances and workshops, and promoting the cause of sacred a cappella music.
Lincoln is a member of the music faculty at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.