Mr. Austin is an active performer and teacher in New York City, he is also a faculty member at the New Jersey Academy of Music where he teaches violin, viola, music theory, chamber music & Suzuki classes. He has performed as principal violist with the Manhattan and Bergen Symphonies in major performing arts venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Mr. Austin has been invited as a guest teacher at Teachers College, Columbia and McGill University. Mr. Austin taught in school group violin at P.S. 219 Kennedy-King Elementary while working for the Brooklyn based non-profit Noel Pointer Foundation.
Previously, Mr. Austin was a member of the Asheville, Winston-Salem, and Hilton-Head Symphonies. He also taught on faculty at the Louisiana State University Music Academy and has been a coach at the Winter Harbor Chamber Music Festival. 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.
Mr. Austin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he was a teaching assistant to Sheila Browne (now on faculty at Juilliard Tianjin). Mr. Austin is an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, he completed a 3 year, 1600 hour teacher training course at the American Center for the Alexander Technique in NYC. Mr. Austin is a certified teacher of the Suzuki Method for Violin & Viola. He also has Mental Health First Aid certification from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.
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