Austin, pianist, studied with Rodney Reynerson at Appalachian State University, where she earned her B.M. and B.M.E. degrees, and with Eugene Barban at Winthrop, where she earned her M.M. degree. Other former teachers include renowned children's composer Margaret Goldston and George Kiorpes. Austin serves as instructor of piano and staff accompanist at Winthrop. She also is director of the Winthrop Piano Academy, which presently has 20 students enrolled in private study.
She has performed numerous recitals both as a soloist and accompanist. She has served as the musical coach/accompanist for Winthrop's opera workshop that performed The Gondoliers, Winthrop's first opera production in 20 years. Other coaching credits include Carol Hall's To Whom It May Concern, Mark Brucci's The Diary of Adam and Eve, Purcell's Dido and Aeneus, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, and Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate. In addition to her work at Winthrop, she also works as music director and pianist at Riverview Presbyterian Church in Fort Mill, S.C.