Biography

IMG_4345Mr. Austin has a thriving private practice in New York City. He has been invited as a guest teacher at Teachers College, Columbia and McGill Universities and is currently on staff at Alexander Technique Workshops International’s UNCSA workshop. His writings have been featured by the American Center for the Alexander Technique. Mr. Austin is available to teach private and group classes in NYC and Basking Ridge, NJ. Mr. Austin is an ACAT & AmSAT certified teacher of Alexander Technique. He completed a 1600-hour AmSAT training at the American Center for the Alexander Technique in Manhattan.

Mr. Austin specializes in working with musculoskeletal pain and helping performing artists reach their full potential. His approach is philosophical and yet completely practical which allows his students to find balance, breath, and availability of movement in any activity.

profileIn addition to his Alexander practice, Mr. Austin is an accomplished violist and violinist and an active performer in the greater NYC area. He was a member of the Manhattan, Bergen, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Hilton-Head Symphonies, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, The Orchestra of St. Andrew’s Bay, and Panama City Pops Orchestra, as well as countless chamber groups. In addition to his classical roots he has recorded and performed live with folk, contemporary jazz, and rap groups such as Deltron 3030, Tarbaby, and Holly McCormack.

John is currently on faculty as violin, viola, and Alexander instructor at the New Jersey Academy of Music and Lindeblad School of Music. Mr. Austin served on faculty at the Westchester Music School, Williamsburg Music Studio and iSchool of Music & Art, he was the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ viola studio teaching assistant while pursuing a music performance degree there. He has been a coach at the Winter Harbor Chamber Music Festival and has also taught on faculty at the Louisiana State University Music Academy.