Glenda Austin, Piano Teacher Internationale
by Dr. Ronald Cansler
As a young child, little did Glenda
Austin think, when she began playing on her first piano, that
she would one day go to Japan and record her own compositions,
promote music, and present workshops to Japanese teachers
on teaching piano. It's been quite a trip in space and imagination
for a girl who was born, raised, and, as wife and mother,
still lives in the small town of Joplin in southwest Missouri.
Glenda is the daughter of Audrey and
Monte Brittenham, who encouraged the musical talents of both
Glenda and her sister Gloria - and their first public appearances
were as pianist and organist respectively for the Friendship
Baptist church in Joplin. Family and the music of worship
have always been important in Glenda's life - and she and
her sister are still featured keyboard musicians, now at First
United Methodist church in Joplin.
Glenda received her academic training
at the University of Missouri at Columbia, where she received
both her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and
her Master of Music-Piano degrees ... as well as marrying
her high-school sweetheart, David Austin, who was a player
for the Missouri Tigers football team.
son, Scott, and dog, Shirley
Besides being active in family and
church life, Glenda is involved in the local community through
playing for local theater productions, club programs, and
is a member and past president of the Joplin Piano Teachers
Association. She has, of course, taught piano at all levels,
from kindergarten through high school and advanced students.
Presently, Glenda teaches at College Heights Christian School
classes ranging from elementary music through high school
In addition to an already full, productive
and blessed life in Joplin, Glenda is known regionally, nationally,
and internationally. She has been composing for Willis Music
Company for several years and has been commissioned to compose
music for various organizations, as well as Clavier magazine.
Many of her pieces have been included in state repertoire
lists as well as the Federated Music Clubs. And Glenda herself
is often invited to judge festivals and competitions.
Hiroko Yasuda, Glenda and her husband, David
Her association with Willis Music
has taken Glenda to states from Hawaii to Florida, where she
presents workshops for conventions and teaching organizations.
Now known internationally, Glenda's music is published in
Japan by Zen-On publishers, Tokyo and recorded by Victor Recording,
Tokyo. Glenda has had the good fortune of visiting Japan twice
in recent years for the purpose of recording her music, and
presenting workshops throughout Japan.
Glenda's website at www.glendaaustin.com
allows music lovers from around the world not only to order
her compositions and instructional books but, as well, listen
to it performed. All who know her continue to look for good
things to come for and from Glenda, as she shares her talent
and teaching ability in her home, her church, states, nation,
and the world.