Instructor of Music Theory and Composition
Ph.D., Eastman School of Music
M.A., Eastman School of Music
B.M., West Chester University
Austin Gross has taught at the Eastman School of Music and Franklin & Marshall College. He has taught courses on music theory, aural skills, the history of jazz, and improvisatory traditions. His research interests encompass different musical styles, including the solos of jazz pianist Bill Evans as well as the improvisatory practices of the German Baroque, particularly those of the Bach circle. Engaging theoretical, historical, cognitive, and performative aspects of musical study, his research on improvisation has led him to present at the Society for Music Theory as well as the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.
Gross has performed as a singer, jazz bassist, and pianist. His performance experiences include serving as the house singer and jazz pianist in an upscale restaurant and playing bass in jazz big bands and small groups. He currently plays bass in the jazz group Gamut, alongside players who have worked in the bands of Lionel Hampton, Aretha Franklin, Sammy Davis, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Dorsey, Liza Minnelli, Billy Joel, Simon and Garfunkel, and John Lennon.