Diagnosed with a chronic illness at age four, Austin Doub’s earliest childhood memories include hospital stays and clinic visits. What could have been very traumatic experiences were actually calmed through music. “Music has given me a creative outlet that is calming and helps me cope. I would like to share the benefit of music with others in a medical setting such as a children's hospital or nursing home.”
An Air Force dependent, Austin was awarded a $3,000 USPTA/ThanksUSA scholarship to attend Cedarville where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance and Music History. After completing his undergraduate studies, Austin plans to pursue a Master of Music in Musicology and a certificate in Music Therapy.
Instead of seeing his chronic illness as a deterrent, Austin has learned to manage his time and physical energy wisely, focusing on what is truly important in his life. He graduated high school with a perfect GPA, was Co-Captain of his basketball team, and was the principal Cellist for two local youth orchestras. As a freshman at Cedarville University, Austin is on the Dean’s List. In addition to his studies, he performs regularly with the University Orchestra, in piano recitals, and in recording sessions with other students. Recognized as a leader in the music department, Austin serves as a board member for Cedarville’s Soli Deo Gloria leadership team.
Austin also dedicates much of his free time to helping others. He has served as Youth Praise Team Leader, volunteered at a sports and art camp, and served as a Youth In Philanthropy Board Member. In June 2016, he performed a full length piano solo recital for the residents at Otterbein Senior Living Center.
Austin is the second in his family to receive a ThanksUSA scholarship -- his brother, Andre, was awarded a 2008 ThanksUSA scholarship for undergraduate studies at Xavier University.