Updated: Sep 17
GUITAR, UKELELE: Classical, Acoustic, Pop/Rock, Jazz, Blues
Austin Stahle is a guitarist and educator in the DC area, where he is quickly building a reputation as a well-rounded instrumentalist. Being a jazz specialist, Austin has performed in many different jazz ensembles ranging from full big bands to combos, duos and solo guitar. He recently completed his Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University with a concentration in jazz studies. While at JMU, Austin studied jazz and classical guitar in the studio of Adam Larrabee, focusing primarily on repertoire, technique, theory and improvisation.
Mr. Stahle has shared the stage with guest artists such as Steve Wilson, Nate Smith, Jim White, Joe Sullivan and John D’earth and was often a featured soloist in the JMU Jazz ensemble, where he held the guitar chair for four years. In addition to his collegiate studies, Austin has studied privately with many of the top DC area guitarists including Shawn Purcell, Steve Herbermann, and Dan Leonard. While on a study abroad trip at McGill University in Montreal, QC, Austin had the opportunity to study privately with Juno-Award winning Canadian guitarist Mike Rud, who was a student of late great jazz guitar legend Jim Hall.
Since graduating, Austin has become an in-demand guitar instructor in the northern Virginia and DC area, teaching students of all ages and musical abilities. His teaching style emphasizes the student’s goals first and foremost, while also demonstrating necessary musical skills such as theory, sight-reading and improvisation. Austin continues to perform regularly in DC and Harrisonburg with performances taking places at venues such as Twin’s Jazz club, Gypsy Sally’s, Clementine’s restaurant, Jimmy Madison’s Southern Kitchen and Muse Vineyards. Austin enjoys performing alongside other musicians in many different facets, as he finds each musical situation brings it’s own challenges which ultimately leads to musical growth.
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