Austin Haller has been delighted to serve as Associate Music Director of Texas State’s Musical Theatre program since 2016. Hailed as “always remarkable” (Austin Chronicle), Austin is a conductor, pianist, organist, vocal coach, arranger, and tenor who has performed throughout the United States.
He has music-directed many regional theatre productions and is the grateful recipient of Austin Critics’ Table and B. Iden Payne Awards for Music Direction. Favorite shows include Texas State’s Legally Blonde, Austin Shakespeare’s Sunday in the Park with George; TexArts’ [title of show], Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Golf: The Musical; Zach Theatre’s Rockin’ Christmas Party and Present Laughter, and Zilker Theatre’s The Music Man and My Favorite Year.
Particularly recognized for his artistic creativity and deep sensitivity at the keyboard, Austin plays regularly with a number of choral ensembles, including the Grammy®-winning choir Conspirare, as well as with Panoramic Voices, Amphion Youth Choir, and the Conspirare Youth Choir. At the organ console, he often performs major works for choir and organ, presents solo organ concerts, and leads hymn festivals.
His “fierce piano stylings” (Austin Chronicle) are frequently heard in jazz and cabaret performances with Austin Cabaret Theatre and elsewhere. His performances with singer Kara Bliss and band have been described as “a touch of old school with a modern insouciance” and are featured at a variety of theatre and concert venues.
Austin is a passionate advocate and volunteer with refugees, whose resilience and humility are constant teachers. He welcomes dialogue about how we might all increase the capacity for compassion in our lives and in our beloved Central Texas community.