Austin Motley was recently hired as Assistant Professor of Music at Ouachita Baptist University where he teaches low brass and music history courses. Dr. Motley holds a DMA and MM from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where he held two graduate assistantships and was a recipient of the prestigious Glover Trombone Award. While receiving a BA from Truman State University (TSU), he won the TSU Gold Medal Concerto Competition and TSU Conducting Apprenticeship Competition. He previously held teaching positions at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Since 2019, Dr. Motley has held the position of Principal Trombone with the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra. He is also an active chamber musician and soloist, having recently performed the third movement of De Meij’s T-Bone Concerto with a regional high school band in Cincinnati, Ohio.
As a freelance trombonist, Dr. Motley has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra, the Billings Symphony Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the Flying Circus Big Band, and with a variety of other groups. His primary teachers are Cristian Ganicenco, Tim Anderson, and Jay Bulen.
Dr. Motley is an Edwards Trombone Performing Artist.
“The most important things to me when it comes to trombone are tone, clarity, and efficiency. My Edwards allows me to achieve these three aspects at the highest level every time I pick up the instrument. The resonance and evenness in all registers are unparalleled. I am excited to be a part of the Edwards family and play Edwards for the years to come.”