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Lake Erie College welcomes 2010-2011 Artist in Residence

Lake Erie College has recently initiated a new Artist in Residence program with the support of Nancy Stillwagon, a member of the College board of directors, and other alumni. The program honors Dr. Harold Fink, a long-time music faculty member of the College and gifted pianist.

The College would like to welcome jazz pianist and Steinway artist, Joe Augustine, who will fulfill the Artist in Residence position for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Artist in Residence position was created “to support the Fine Arts Department at the College through residencies with guest artists.”

Augustine has served as Visiting Artist in Residence at the University of Akron’s School of Music and has been involved in its Jazz Studies Program since 2006. At the university, Augustine’s studies encompassed four categories: teaching/lecturing, service/community outreach, development and research.

In addition, Augustine has given many lectures and taught master classes from the middle school to university level with topics such as “Music as Business” and “Anxiety and Performance.” He has been playing in jazz clubs throughout the U.S. since 2004.  Augustine has been performed in over 30 symphony concerts; three solo, trio, and quarter concerts; and in other countries including Brazil, Argentina, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Antigua and the West Indies. 

Augustine was named an exceptional pianist to the well-known piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons and added to their worldwide artist roster, which is a life-long honor. This roster includes other famous artists such as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Harry Connick Jr., Vladimir Ashkenazy, Diana Krall, Billy Joel and Roger Williams.

With Steinway & Sons, Augustine has participated in various events and concerts all over the country. In 1995, he was designated to the International Artist Roster at Steinway. Many of his recordings have reached the Top 10 and Top 20 status on jazz radio stations worldwide.

A national recording artist of long standing, Augustine’s 13th CD, “Jazzscapes,” was inspired by paintings from the collection of the Butler Institute of American Art. Augustine draws on his own experience as pianist, composer and arranger to create just the right blend of melody, harmony and rhythm to render his musical masterpieces.

“To know I touch others is what fuels and satisfies me,” says Augustine. “I’ve spent my life applying a positive, creative energy to everything I play.”

Augustine has recorded many pieces such as License to Groove and Cool Today, Jazz Tonight for his 1201 music label which features piano, acoustic bass, guitar, drums and percussion. To read more about Augustine’s accomplishments visit

As Augustine began playing piano at age 15, he also played professionally six nights a week while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University. He had classical training with Dolores Fitzer and extensive jazz and compositional training with Gene Rush, coupled with study in New York with masters in the jazz field.

At Lake Erie College Augustine will teach courses, advise faculty on the relationship of arts to the academic curriculum, lecture occasionally and assist the College in its role of promoting arts in Lake County and the surrounding region.

For more information, contact Dr. Alison Benders, vice president for academic affairs, at 440.375.7252 or

Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,200 students. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 35 undergraduate and graduate programs and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie's innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.


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