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Hello all,

Today I'm excited to announce that we continue our journey of student highlight feature videos with another offering from Layne Lopez - this time playing the Zelda Ocarina of Time Title Theme.

This piece happens to be an old personal favorite of mine, so I look forward to sharing Layne's awesome performance on my YouTube Channel, as well as on the Student Highlights section of my website.

Until next time,

Austin Schend


Hello everyone,

I'm happy to say today that the second Student Highlight Video is now available on my YouTube Channel, as well as on the Student Highlights section of my website.

This Highlight features Layne Lopez, a very creative and multi-talented young student who performed Song of Storms from The Legend of Zelda by the composer Koji Kondo.

He and I are both very excited to share this with the world. Thanks for listening!

Austin Schend


Hi everyone,

Today I'd like to wish the PLU Choral Union safe travels on their trip to Croatia. The choir is on a performance tour with a great set of repertoire including my piece Under Heaven, which I composed for them in 2020. The tour repertoire also includes premieres by my colleagues Daniel Schreiner (I Am the True Vine) and TJ Wheeler (Cantate Domino).

You can read about the Choral Union Croatia tour at this link. Thanks to Dr. Richard Nance and the Choral Union for giving Under Heaven a broader audience. Best wishes!

Austin Schend


Hello all! I'm excited to say today that I've opened up a new section on my website: "Student Highlights"!

This section will feature performance videos of my students, produced by myself. I'd love to add to this feature section as much as I can over time. The first performance you will see is by Joshua McCrory, a very bright, talented young student, who is performing Nuvole Bianche by Ludovico Einaudi in this debut performance video.

Feel free to click on over to the home page of my website to find the "Student Highlight" section and enjoy the first highlight video!

Thanks as always,

Austin Schend


Hi everyone. I'm very happy to announce that my band Artificial Silence has released a live performance video and recording called "Indeed True Live". You can watch it on YouTube here. We, as a band, are very excited to bring this fun content your way. It features reimagined versions of songs from our 2018 album Negative Space. Hope you all enjoy!

Thanks everyone,

Austin Schend



Hello all. I'm excited to share with you all the news that my piece "The Great Clear Twilight" has made the Walton Music Best Seller list for 2021. Thanks to everyone who has listened to or performed this piece! You can check it out on YouTube here; and you can purchase a copy of it from Walton Music here.

Thank you all!

Austin Schend



Hello again listeners and performers. Thanks for stopping by. I'd just like to give you all the update that choral ensemble Junges Consortium Berlin has recently released a new performance video of my piece "I Remember", which I composed for them. They did an absolutely brilliant job and I'd love for you all to hear it. You can find it on YouTube here.

Thanks as always!

Austin Schend


Hello everyone, thank you for visiting my site. I'm pleased to announce today that my choral piece The Great Clear Twilight has sold over 2,000 copies. If you would like to purchase a copy of this piece for yourself, your library, or your choir to perform, please visit GIA Publications.

Thank you all for listening!

Austin Schend

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