Artistic Director / Conductor / Executive Director
Tyler Austin enjoys a multifaceted career as a conductor, bassoonist, and educator. 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.
Austin recently completed the D.M.A. in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University, where he studied with Kevin Sedatole. As a Graduate Assistant he guest conducted MSU's concert ensembles, teched with the Spartan Marching Band and Spartan Brass, co-conducted the MSU Campus Band, and assisted in all administrative aspects of the MSU Band program. Austin has taken additional coursework in conducting with Dennis W. Fisher, Eric L. Hinton, and Andrew Yozviak.
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, 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. While serving as Director of Bands at St. John’s Catholic Prep in Buckeystown, Maryland, Austin freelanced with professional wind bands and orchestras throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He performed as Principal Bassoon of the Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra and Second Bassoon with the Liberty Wind Symphony. He can be heard on numerous GIA Windworks recording projects with the UNT Wind Symphony.
Austin's primary focus on the bassoon has been chamber music. 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 during his second year of graduate study.