Austin Ratliff is a senior in the tuba studio at the Eastman School of Music and a candidate for a Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance and a Performer’s Certificate. He is an active member in the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Philharmonia, Eastman Tuba Mirum, and his brass quintet. His teachers include Don Harry, former principal tuba of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Philip VanOuse, principal tuba of the Pittsburgh Opera, and Walter Gibson, principal tuba of the New Britain Symphony Orchestra. While attending Eastman, Ratliff has been a finalist in the Mock Band division of the Northeast Tuba Euphonium Conference, been accepted to perform with the American Institute of Musical Studies Orchestra in Austria, and has marched with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps.
Prior to attending Eastman, Ratliff was an active tuba player in Cheshire High School located in Cheshire, Connecticut. Ratliff took part in a large number of high school festival ensembles. These included the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles Symphony Orchestra, NAfME All-Eastern Honor Ensembles Orchestra, the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) All-State Orchestra, CMEA All-State Band, New England Music Festival Association (NEMFA) Orchestra, and the NEMFA Concert Band.
Outside of high school, Ratliff was a member of the Hartt School Community Division at the University of Hartford. He was a member of the Connecticut Youth Symphony, the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble, Opus 89, Philharmonia Winds, and Harmony Winds. Ratliff also took part in the College of Fine Arts at the Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College program for a summer. There he played in the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Brass Clinic.