Artistic Director / Co-Executive Director
Tyler Austin enjoys a multifaceted career as bassoonist, conductor, and educator. He currently serves as a doctoral conducting student at Michigan State University, where he studies with Kevin Sedatole. In 2015 he founded the Maryland Wind Festival, a weeklong festival of wind chamber music and educational outreach in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD and their surrounding communities.
As a Graduate Assistant he guest conducts MSU's concert ensembles, techs with the Spartan Marching Band and Spartan Brass, co-conducts the MSU Campus Band, and assists in all administrative aspects of the MSU Band program. Austin has taken courses in conducting with Dennis W. Fisher and Eric L. Hinton, and additional mentors include Rodney Caldwell, M. Gregory Martin and Andrew Yozviak. Symposiums have allowed him to work under Frank Battisti, Eugene Corporon, Paula Crider, Jerry Junkin, Craig Kirkhoff and Mallory Thompson.
Austin holds a M.M. in Bassoon Performance from the University of North Texas with Kathleen Reynolds. He studied at Susquehanna University with Anna Claire Ballard-Ayoub, and has played in masterclasses for Kristen Wolfe Jensen, Philip Kolker, Frank Morelli, and Wilfred Roberts, among others. He has performed as a soloist with the Susquehanna University Orchestra as a winner their 2012 concerto competition. Austin freelances with professional wind bands and orchestras throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He currently performs as Principal Bassoon of the Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra and Second Bassoon with the Liberty Wind Symphony, and can be heard on numerous GIA Windworks recording projects.
Austin's primary focus on the bassoon has been chamber music; he enjoys collaboration with saxophonist Don Paul Kahl, soprano Christina Kerstan, and pianists Fang-Yi Chu, Galen Deibler, and Diane Scott. He was a student fellow in the 2012 Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival. In 2013 he founded the quintet 'Allons-y Winds'. Austin served as a UNT Teaching Fellow in Woodwind Chamber Music for his second year of graduate study.