Dr. Ken Austin presented a lecture recital entitled "Historically Informed Solo E-flat Cornet Performance Practices in the United States from 1850 to 1870; the Difficulties, The Possibilities for Us Today" in July 2005, at the Historic Brass Society Conference in Bennington, Vermont.
The program was performed on two original E-flat cornets. One was a side-action rotary valve bugle built in 1865 by E. G. Wright and the other was a push-rod rotary valve built in 1868 by Fiske.
Dr. Kenneth Austin has had a unique trumpet career, including performances at the Alaska Festival of Music, onboard a floating stage in New York’s East River, and for the Canadian Country Music Awards. The former principal trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra of Bogota, Colombia, Austin has performed with the Springfield Symphony (Massachusetts), Indianapolis Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, and is currently principal trumpet of the Southwest Symphony and New Philharmonic in Chicago. He has played solo E-flat cornet with the Yankee Brass of New England for eight years and B-flat cornet with the Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band for nine years. He holds a Master of Music from Yale University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the American Conservatory of Music. Ken has been the Director of Instrumental Music at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois since 1991. He and his wife Lynn (an accomplished historical novelist with thirteen novels and a movie to her credit) have three children.
Ken Austin at Trinity Christian College
Historic Brass Society
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