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Austin Schend received his bachelor's degree in music composition from Pacific Lutheran University in 2019. During his time at PLU, he studied composition under the direction of Greg Youtz and the mentorship of Richard Nance, as well as piano with Oksana Ezhokina and William Chapman Nyaho. A 2021 Walton best selling composer, his pieces have been published and performed internationally and on the radio; and he has composed for world class ensembles such as the Choir of the West and the Junges Consortium Berlin.


With a strong passion for education, Austin maintains a thriving piano teaching career in his home of Tacoma, Washington where he presents twice-yearly recitals featuring the performances of his students. In his lessons, he focuses on the development of musicality and character, striving to help each student reach their personal potential. He has been teaching since 2014.

An avid fan of progressive rock music, Austin is also a founding member, composer, keyboardist, and vocalist of the band Artificial Silence, a prog-rock band whose debut album, the massive in scope Negative Space is beloved by many passionate fans of the genre, having accumulated over 125,000 Spotify streams to date. The album features a choir and orchestra, both of which were conducted by Austin himself.

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