Duncan Vinson is a church musician, educator, and researcher based in the North Shore region near Boston, Massachusetts. He holds degrees in music from Brown University and Sewanee: The University of the South, as well as the Service Playing Certificate from the American Guild of Organists. He is currently the Director of Music at First Congregational Church of Melrose, Massachusetts. He has centered his career on the development of community ties, first through academic research into the culture of choral singing, and more recently through his work in church music.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, he has been involved with shape-note singing since the mid-1990s. He comes from a family with deep roots in northern Alabama and a tradition of performing gospel and church music. One of his great-grandfathers made a 78 RPM recording with a gospel quartet, The Albertville Quartet, in 1929. His maternal grandmother was an organist for a Disciples of Christ congregation, and one of Duncan’s first musical experiences was playing the Conn electronic organ in her living room.