Austin Sposato is the Music Program Administrator for the National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F) and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. At the Clarice, Austin provides administrative and curatorial support for NOI+F and the Clarice’s classical and jazz programming including season curation, festival design, and partnership development. In his time at the Clarice so far he has reimagined NOI+F for the virtual space during the 2020 season, worked with health professionals to design an in person NOI+F resilient to the spread of COVID-19 in 2021, and overseen the implementation of two new musical training programs: the NOI+F Conducting and Composition Academies.
Austin is also active as a professional horn player. He holds the 2nd horn position with the Westmoreland Symphony (Greensburg, PA) after winning the one year position of 4th horn for the 2018-19 season. He is a founding member of Anima Brass, which was selected as the 2016 Aspen Music Festival fellowship brass quintet and performed alongside the American brass quintet in Aspen and Salida, CO. In 2018 he was a fellow at the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, Maryland where he recorded an album of American music for the NAXOS label with the NOI Philharmonic and can be heard as principal horn on Aaron Copland’s “Outdoor Overture.” Austin frequently curates concerts in untraditional and DIY concert spaces, seeking new ways to expose non-classical audiences to the affective power of instrumental music.
As an educator, Austin taught applied undergraduate horn lessons in the University of Maryland School of Music during the 20-21 academic year, and spearheaded a partnership with Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras (MCYO) where he served weekly as a coach and mentor. For his work with MCYO, he was awarded the MCYO Chester J. Petranek Award for outstanding community service in enriching the musical life of the Washington Metropolitan Area. He has maintained a private teaching studio since 2016.
Austin holds a MM and BA from Stony Brook University where he graduated summa cum laude and received the Edith Salvo Prize for the most meritorious student in music. In 2018, he completed the Advanced Musical Studies Certificate at Carnegie Mellon University. Austin is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Maryland School of Music.