Founding Artistic Director / Conductor
Dr. Tyler Austin currently serves as Assistant Director of Bands at Oklahoma State University where he conducts the OSU Concert Band, directs the Spirit Basketball Band, assists with the Cowboy Marching Band, teaches courses in music education, and is instructor of bassoon. Austin has lectured at music conferences around the country on conducting pedagogy and rehearsal techniques in the 21st century classroom. 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 serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Maryland Chamber Winds, the Ensemble-in-Residence of MWF.
Austin 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, assisted 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. Prior to his doctoral work, Austin spent summers studying conducting with 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 Frederick Symphony Orchestra and 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, orchestras, and chamber groups throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He has held positions as Principal Bassoon of the Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra and Second Bassoon with the Liberty Wind Symphony, and frequently performed with the Lancaster-based wind quintet Manor Winds. He can be heard playing bassoon and contrabassoon on numerous GIA Windworks recording projects with the UNT Wind Symphony.