Dr. Austin Motley is a classical and jazz trombonist, arranger, and conductor who has a passion for performing and educating the next generation of low brass musicians. His primary teachers are Cristian Ganicenco (Principal Trombone of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), Tim Anderson (Principal Trombone of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra), and Dr. Jay Bulen (Trombone Professor at Truman State University). Austin has performed with many notable ensembles, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra, the Billings Symphony Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and the Flying Circus Big Band. Also, a number of students in Austin’s low brass private studio have had success at the All-State and All-District levels. He currently holds the position of Principal Trombone in the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, and Second Trombone in the Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra.
Austin was born and raised in the small town of Kirksville, Missouri. As a high school student, Austin was a four-year member of the Missouri All-State Band serving as principal trombonist for two years. After high school, Austin continued his study of music and trombone performance at Truman State University (TSU), studying trombone with Dr. Jay Bulen and jazz studies with Tim AuBuchon. In 2015, Austin won the TSU Gold Medal Concerto Competition allowing him to perform Eric Ewazen's "Sonata for Trombone" with the TSU Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, he won the TSU Conducting Apprenticeship Competition, allowing him to conduct the TSU Concert Band on their spring concert. Austin was also a featured stand-out soloist with the TSU Jazz Ensemble. He toured with the group and performed Duke Ellington's "Blue Cellophane" for a number of public schools in Iowa. In 2017, Austin received his bachelor's degree from TSU and began his master’s studies at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Cincinnati, Ohio. While a student, he received the prestigious Glover Trombone Award, and performed with the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras. In 2019, Austin completed his master's degree from CCM and began doctoral studies at CCM as a graduate assistant in the Graduate Fellowship Brass Quintet. He assumed the role of Graduate Teaching Assistant for the CCM Trombone Studio for the 2020-21 academic year. In April 2021, Austin completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trombone performance and pedagogy. In August 2021 Austin will be teaching Applied Trombone Lessons at Wright State University while maintaining a private studio, performing, and taking auditions.