Currently based in Cincinnati, Austin Smith is principal oboe of Queen City Opera and second oboist with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. He plays regularly with orchestras throughout the Midwest such as the Louisville Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with touring groups such as Hanson, Iron & Wine, and Video Games Live.
As an active chamber musician Austin performs regularly with his wind quintet, the Wayside Winds, throughout the Cincinnati area on recital series at the Taft Art Museum, Salon 21, and the Price Hill Creative Community Festival among many others. In 2014 he was a finalist in the MTNA chamber music competition.
Austin is currently Instructor of Oboe at Mount Saint Joseph University where he also plays with the faculty wind quintet. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music, and a Masters of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His main teachers are Bert Lucarelli and Mark Ostoich.