AUSTIN BRAKE (b. 1991) is currently pursuing a Master of Music Degree in Composition at the University of Houston where he studies with Rob Smith. In 2013, Austin graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition and Education from West Texas A&M University where he studied with BJ Brooks. In 2016, his work for orchestra, Beyond the Event Horizon, was premiered by the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jacomo Bairos. His work for band, A Modal Portrait, was selected as a winner of the 2014 Hong Kong Band Directors Association Composition Contest and was performed in Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Band Directors Wind Orchestra under the baton of Luis Serrano Alarcón. Austin’s compositions have enjoyed several performances at the WTAMU campus and he has been commissioned to write works for chamber ensembles of the WTAMU School of Music including the WTAMU Horn Choir, Brass Choir, Trombone Choir, and Trumpet Ensemble. Austin is a member of ASCAP and enjoys listening to new music and learning languages when he's not composing.
For more information about Austin and his music, please visit asbrake.com.