New York Invitational Music Festival

Presented By 

Artistic Director

New York Invitational Music Festival



Dr. Terry Austin

Terry Austin is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Virginia
Commonwealth University where he oversees all aspects of the band program
and teaches courses in conducting, and music education. Under his leadership,
the Virginia Commonwealth University Symphonic Wind Ensemble has earned a
reputation for musical excellence and has been invited to perform at many
professional conferences including the American Bandmasters Association,
MENC, the College Band Directors National Association, and the Virginia Music
Educators Association.


He is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator and is published in
numerous journals and is the general editor of The Journal of Band Research, A
Repertoire Anthology (1964-1989) published by GIA. Dr. Austin is a regular guest
conductor of the Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble and is a Guest
Professor of the Center of General Education of Guangdong University of
Technology in Guangzhou, China. In 2018 he was appointed Interim Chair of the
Department of Music at VCU.


Austin was the 78th President of the American Bandmasters Association. He
served as the chairman of the National Band Association/William D. Revelli Band
Composition Contest from 1995-201, is chairman of the Bandworld/John Philip
Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor, a member of the Board of Directors of the
John Philip Sousa Foundation, and a past board member of the National Band
Association, and the Southern Division of NAfME: The National Association for
Music Education and past-president of the Virginia Music Educators Association.
He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Pi Kappa
Lambda, Phi Beta Mu, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.


Dr. Austin is included in Who’s Who In America, Who's Who in Fine Arts Higher
Education, and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He is a multiple
recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence and in 2005
he received the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts
Distinguished Achievement Award of Excellence.


He founded and conducts the Greater Richmond Youth Wind Ensemble, an
ensemble of the finest high school musicians in the Richmond metropolitan area,
and the Commonwealth Winds, an ensemble comprised of Richmond area
teachers and professional performers.


Austin earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Indiana University, a Master
of Arts in Music Education from the University of Hawaii, and a Doctor of
Philosophy in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He
lives in Richmond with his wife, Tracia and twin sons Joshua and Seth.