|Member Since:||February 18, 2013|
|Last Visit:||November 20, 2022|
In addition to his teaching practice, Mr. Austin is an accomplished violist and violinist and an active performer in the greater NYC area where he has performed as principal violist with the Manhattan and Bergen Symphonies in major performance venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He was also a member of the Asheville, Winston-Salem, and Hilton-Head Symphonies, the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, The Orchestra of St. Andrew’s Bay and the Panama City Pops Orchestra. 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 taught at P.S. 219 Kennedy-King Elementary while working for the Brooklyn based non-profit Noel Pointer Foundation. He has been invited as a guest teacher at Teachers College, Columbia and McGill Universities. While attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, he was the teaching assistant to Sheila Browne (now faculty at Juilliard Tianjin). He also taught on faculty at the Louisiana State University Music Academy and has been a coach at the Winter Harbor Chamber Music Festival.
Mr. Austin specializes in habit changing and reducing musculoskeletal pain while performing. His approach allows his students to find balance, breath, and availability of movement in any activity.
Mr. Austin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is an AmSAT & ACAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, having completed a 3 year, 1600 hour training course at the American Center for the Alexander Technique. John also attended the NJ Suzuki Workshop where he received Suzuki Method certification in violin & viola from Sharon Miller and Nancy Modell.