Austin Scelzo was introduced to various fiddle traditions at Mark O’Connor’s early Berklee String Camps and over time picked up all the bluegrass instruments along with singing, songwriting, and jamming. While enjoying four years as a middle school music teacher. Austin’s bluegrass journey began with CT-based groups The Angry O’Haras and On the Trail, on fiddle and vocals.

Now performing with The Rock Hearts, respected New England bluegrass veterans, he is active in the bluegrass community, creating and managing the Bluegrass Coffeehouse performance venue, hosting jams, and launching the Connecticut Bluegrass Music Association.

“Austin is a gifted musician, teacher and just all around good guy.”
“Austin was a fabulous teacher. He was able to help everyone in the class, with all their levels of expertise.”
“Austin is a great teacher with a real passion for the music. It made for a joyous experience, and I look forward to future jams and classes. Thanks for doing what you do!”
“You've got a GEM with Austin ”
“Austin Scelzo is an excellent teacher. He puts teaching, not playing himself, first and foremost, and he knows a lot about the music education process itself, which comes out in his instructing”
“I learned more from 30 minutes of observing your class than my 12 years of public school music education.”
“A dedicated and enthusiastic teacher.”
“The atmosphere among all of us was very collaborative, supportive and fun, and Austin did a super job of setting that tone and keeping up a strong pace of learning at the same time.”
“Austin has the ability to explain so many things about bluegrass jamming so that everyone learns it so well.”
“Austin was able to help those who weren't as advanced as others in the group. His help showed success by the last meeting when we sound like a real bluegrass group! Loved it.”
“Austin's enthusiasm and love of the music always came through as he led the class. We all came away with a clear sense of jamming protocols and how to lead songs.”

Danbury, CT

Austin's Classes & Camps