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James Austin

Professor Emeritus of Trumpet

James Lyle Austin grew up in Michigan and attended the Eastman School of Music under Sidney Mear from 1955 to 1960, graduating with distinction acquiring a Bachelor of Music degree and performer’s certificate in trumpet. He was often featured as soloist on recordings of the famed Eastman Wind Ensemble. Before finishing his degree, he was offered a position in the Houston Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Leopold Stokowski, effective immediately after graduation. Austin served as principal trumpet of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, and the Houston Chamber Orchestra from 1960 to 1977. During this period, he worked under many conductors including Leopold Stokowski, Sir John Barbirolli, Andre`Previn, Lawrence Foster, Christoph Eschenbach, and Sergiu Comissiona. He gave the world premiere of Fisher Tull’s Trumpet Concerto No. 1 with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in April, 1973. He also taught at the University of Houston from 1960 to 2009, first as an affiliate artist and then as a Professor of Trumpet. In 1996-1997 Austin received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music and co-founded the Symphonic Brass Quintet at the University of Houston. He also taught at Houston Baptist University and the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan as well as numerous Master classes at a variety of universities and high schools. He currently holds the title of Professor Emeritus at the Moores School of Music and has been employed as an Adjunct Professor of Trumpet there since 2011.