Lubbock Christian University

New Music Center Named for Founding Faculty Member

Lubbock Christian University (LCU) has announced that the new music center on campus is named to honor founding faculty member Wayne Hinds and his wife, Yvonne, and will also honor former faculty member Charles Cox and his wife, Sarah.

The Wayne and Yvonne Hinds Music Center is an extension of the McDonald Moody Auditorium and provides expanded space for student rehearsals and exciting opportunities for the growth of the music programs. This facility features a tribute to Hinds and Cox in the new entry to the building, beautiful high arching windows, an expansive rehearsal hall, spacious student practice rooms, and additional faculty offices.

Dr. Hinds, who passed away in 2018, was the first music department chair in 1957 and has had a tremendous impact on the music programs at LCU. He spent countless hours with students in and out of the classroom during his 41 years of service and is responsible for composing the LCU alma mater and creating music ensembles that exist today. Cox, also a pioneer within the music department, worked alongside Dr. Hinds and directed the Meistersinger Chorus from 1961 until his retirement in 1995. 

Dr. Laurie Doyle, chair of the department of communication and fine arts, said, “Dr. Hinds and Charles Cox worked with hundreds of students over the years and inspired their love of music, their dedication to the University, and their faithful belief in the power of Christian fellowship.” 

LCU also recognizes several donors who have contributed to the facility to enrich the student experience and recognize Hinds and Cox. The CH Foundation, the Helen Jones Foundation, the J.E. & L.E. Mabee Foundation, Tony and Dolly Gullo, and many other alumni, friends, and LCU music supporters have played an essential role in the completion of this new and modern music center. The large, new rehearsal hall located within the center is named after Tony and Dolly Gullo. 

Raymond Richardson, Vice President of University Advancement, said, “Incredible space like this doesn’t just happen; it takes so many dedicated alumni, donors, foundations, and many more. Music is a legacy at LCU, and our donors made this important space happen to preserve and build upon the legacy of music at Lubbock Christian University.” 

The dedication ceremony to honor those who have contributed to the new space, along with the Hinds and Cox families, is on Saturday, May 1, during the university’s homecoming activities.

Learn more about LCU's music programs.