Dr. Michael Austin
Potter Hall - (816) 271-4420
Michael Austin is an assistant professor of music and serves as Director of Music Technology and Audio Recording at Missouri Western State University. He received a B.M. in Music Composition from the University of Texas at San Antonio (2005), a M.M. in Music Theory from the University of Texas at Austin (2007), and a Ph.D. in Humanities - Aesthetic Studies (Arts and Technology) from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2011.
Prior to his appointment at MWSU, Austin was a lecturer in sound design at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has also taught courses in music theory, music history, and commercial music at UT Austin and Collin College. Dr. Austin is a member of the multidisciplinary Laboratoire Musique et Informatique de Marseille (Music and Informatics Laboratory of Marseille, France, or MIM), working on methods of analyzing the phenomenological experience of time and energy in music and sound. His presentations, published articles, and forthcoming publications include research on music technology, analysis, sonic culture, music in emerging media, and encyclopedia entries on computer music and digital music. Austin's work as sound engineer and producer has been released on the Albany Records label. As a tenor/countertenor, he has performed with various vocal and choral groups throughout the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Brazil, including the Saint Joseph Community Chorale, Dallas Pro Musica, UT Austin's Early Music Ensemble, the Texas Bach Choir, the UTSA Lyric Theatre, UT Dallas' Musica Nova Ensemble and other university and civic choirs and ensembles. As an active composer/arranger/sound artist, Austin has written for chamber ensembles, choirs, soloists, film, new media and sound installations. He is also active as a keyboardist (organ and piano) and has been the recipient of several named fellowships and scholarships in music theory and performance.
Dr. Austin teaches courses in music technology, audio recording and engineering, music business, and courses in MWSU's graduate program in Digital Media. He also serves as Associate Artistic Director of the St. Joseph Community Chorus.