Dr. Tyler Austin is Assistant Director of Bands at Oklahoma State University, where he serves as Conductor of the OSU Concert Band and Frontiers New Music Ensemble, Assistant Director of the Cowboy Marching Band, and Director of the Spirit Basketball Band. He teaches courses in the Music Education area, and since 2019 has held an additional appointment as Instructor of Bassoon.
In 2015, Dr. Austin founded Maryland Chamber Winds, where he serves as Artistic Director and Conductor. MCW is an international ensemble of performers who come together to present an annual concert series and educational outreach program. MCW is ensemble-in-residence for the Maryland Wind Festival, a two-week festival of wind chamber music and outreach based in Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland, and their surrounding communities. In Fall 2020, MCW released their freshman album, titled ‘Preludes + Recitations’, on the newly-founded Tonsehen recording label.
Dr. Austin comes to OSU from Michigan State University, where he worked as a graduate assistant in all aspects of the band program. Prior to his study at MSU, he served as Director of Bands at St. John's Catholic Prep in Frederick, MD. While teaching, Dr. Austin freelanced as a bassoonist with wind bands and orchestras throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Dr. Austin works to expand the wind repertoire through ongoing transcription and arranging projects in collaboration with composers including David Biedenbender, Adam Schoenberg, and Z. Randall Stroope.
Dr. Austin holds a D.M.A. in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University under Dr. Kevin L. Sedatole, an M.M. in Bassoon Performance from the University of North Texas under Prof. Kathleen Reynolds, and a B.M. in Music Education from Susquehanna University.