"When artists bring intention to every note they sing and play, and a passionate commitment to excellence, they have an opportunity to make music that thrills us. When they also bring deep listening and a spirit of kindness and gentleness, they have a chance to inspire us and open our hearts."
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.
His “musical direction produces a gloriously rich choral sound full of exquisite harmonies” (Broadway World), and he is the grateful recipient of Austin Critics’ Table and B. Iden Payne Awards for Music Direction. Favorite productions include Texas State’s Ragtime and Legally Blonde The Musical; Austin Shakespeare’s Sunday in the Park with George; TexArts’ [title of show], Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Golf: The Musical; Scott Schroeder Presents’ Floyd Collins; 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 serves as organist for the Austin Symphony, and he plays regularly with a number of choral ensembles, including the Grammy®-winning choir Conspirare, as well as with Panoramic Voices, Amphion Choir, and the Conspirare Youth Choir. He has previously served as Organist and Associate Director of Music at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, and he often performs major works for choir and organ as well as solo organ concerts.
His “fierce piano stylings” (Austin Chronicle) are frequently heard with Broadway performers at Austin Cabaret Theatre and elsewhere. His jazz performances with singer Kara Bliss have been described as “a touch of old school with a modern insouciance” and are featured at a variety of Austin-area venues.
Austin is a passionate advocate and volunteer with refugees, whose resilience and humility are constant teachers. He welcomes a dialogue about how we might all increase the capacity for compassion in our lives and in our wonderful Central Texas community.