Originally from Ottawa, Austin Lamarche is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in percussion performance at McGill University in Montreal, studying with Aiyun Huang and Fabrice Marandola. At McGill she performs as a member of the Contemporary Music Ensemble and the McGill Percussion Ensemble. Austin began her percussion education at the age of 11 with weekly drum set lessons and eventually began performing as the drummer for the Ottawa Junior Jazz Band and the Nepean All-City Jazz Band. Throughout high school she was also a member of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, where she had the opportunity to travel to and perform in Hungary and Austria, as well performing as marimba soloist in their 2009 Concerto Competition.
Austin earned her Bachelor of Music from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where she studied with James Petercsak, Catherine Meunier and Ed Reifel. She was an active member of the Crane Percussion Ensemble and the Crane Symphony Orchestra, where a particular highlight included performing in Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Austin has also performed professionally with the Orchestra of Northern New York and Northern Symphonic Winds.
Always striving to be a versatile percussionist, one of Austin’s passions is musical theatre. In the hopes of one day performing in a Broadway pit, Austin is also very involved in the musical theatre scene, having been a regular musician for SUNY Potsdam’s Musical Theatre Organization (where highlights include Into the Woods, Rent, Hair, Company and A Chorus Line) and with McGill’s Arts Undergraduate Theatre Society (The Drowsy Chaperone and the upcoming Chicago).