Austin Schlichting is a young composer and music educator, born and raised in Bellingham, WA, and now living and teaching in Lacey, WA. Prior to high school graduation, he studied violin privately with Walter Schwede at WWU. Soon after that, Austin performed with the All-State Symphony and the Marrowstone Festival Orchestra, both of which Maestro Huw Edwards conducted. Austin holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition from WSU, where he
studied with Charles Argersinger, Ryan Hare, and Gregory Yasinitsky. He also holds a secondary degree, Bachelor of Arts in Violin and Viola Performance, and studied with Meredith Arksey. Schlichting continued in composition at Ithaca College, where he earned his Masters in Music Composition studying with Dana Wilson. Austin’s compositions have been performed at the California Summer Music Festival, Icicle Creek Music Festival, and the Interlochen Music Festival, as well as with the Washington-Idaho Symphony, the WSU Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers, the Northwestern University Symphonic Band (Evanston, IL), the Yakima Youth Symphony, and string faculty members at CWU. Austin heralds from a long line of
Olympia Symphony musicians, including his father, Mark Schlichting, aunt, Anne Edwards, uncle, John Schlichting, and grandfather, Fred Schlichting, who served as conductor of the symphony from mid-1950 until 1968. Schlichting currently teaches the students of the North Thurston Public Schools the joys of orchestral and choral performance, and he continues to freelance as a composer, arranger, and performer.