About Austin Gaskin
Get to know Austin Gaskin
Austin Gaskin, collaborative pianist, is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He received his Bachelor's of Science in Music with a concentration in piano and Master's in Applied Social Science with a concentration in Public Administration from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida. His background in music begins with singing in church choirs and taking private piano lessons at the age of seven. Throughout grade school, Gaskin studied classical piano and participated in South Florida music festivals and competitions where he received consecutive superior ratings. Receiving a scholarship to study music on the collegiate level, Gaskin studied under the tutelage of Dr. Joanna Sobkowska-Parsons and sang in the FAMU Concert Choir under the direction of maestro Dr. Mark Butler.
He has extensive accompanying experience, specializing in classical voice accompanying, with a repertoire consisting of composers such as Bach, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Grieg, Czerny, Puccini, Barber, and Bonds. As a member of Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music (PLMOM), Georgia Connection, Gaskin sung on the live recording of Majesty: Hymns, Anthems, and Spirituals at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia with artists such as Dorothy Norwood, Kathy Taylor, Lashun Pace, and Naguanda Nobles. He has participated in the Gospel Music Workshop of America in the year of 2014 promoting the PLMOM single "Take It to the Lord in Prayer." He also had the privilege of participating in the live 2015 telecast of "A Capitol 4th" performing behind recording artist Barry Manilow and winner of The Voice, Meghan Linsey.
Gaskin served as the accompanist for the Boys Choir of Tallahassee under the direction of Dr. Earle Lee, Jr. for five years which brought him the esteemed opportunity of accompanying the ensemble at the White House Christmas banquet as special guests of First Lady Michelle Obama in 2012. Gaskin completed a highly coveted internship program at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. where he interned in the Performing Arts division furthering his knowledge of arts administration. He rendered his talents to the Capitol City Press Corp in their 2016 production of their annual Press Skits serving as Musical Director. He has taught in Jefferson County as a class piano instructor with Symphony Seven School of the Arts and Technology which aims to bring the arts to under-served communities. He sang as a member of the Tallahassee Community Chorus under the direction of the Chairman of the Florida State University Choral Department, Composer and Clinician, Dr. Andre Thomas. Austin also served in Leon County Schools as Choral and Musical Theater Director at James S. Rickards High School. As a part of the Maryland State Arts Council, Austin had the opportunity to sing under the direction of multi-Grammy winning gospel artist Donald Lawrence as part of his music educators’ workshop. Austin also served as an Arts Education Grant Panelist for the Prince George’s County Arts and Humanities Council. He is a 2019 cohort member of the James Abbington Church Music Academy of the Hampton University Choir Directors’ and Organists’ Guild Workshop. Austin received his Master’s of Music in Music Education in May 2020 from the University of Maryland College Park. He currently teaches middle school choir in Prince George’s County Maryland.
Gaskin holds membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Incorporated (Omicron Gamma Chapter, Spring 2015).