Tye Austin Hoseclaw found his path from homeless teen to classical guitar composer through guitar lessons. Now he's hoping for a long career in music.

Tye Austin Hoseclaw found his path from homeless teen to classical guitar composer through guitar lessons. Now he's hoping for a long career in music.

"I was actually a homeless teenager," says Hoseclaw. "Then at the age of 17, I realized that music, especially the guitar, can be played in a polyphonic perspective. As soon as I was aware of this expression of music, I immediately began to search for a deeper understanding."

His search led him to David Rogers, head guitar instructor at Southern Oregon University. Hoseclaw began taking private lessons with Rogers, who encouraged Hoseclaw to enroll in the SOU Music Department.

"At the time I was just bouncing around from people's houses and I had to figure out how to get into school as a homeless teenager," says Hoseclaw.

He then applied for federal student aid and was accepted into the music department in fall 2008. Since that time, Hoseclaw has immersed himself in all aspects of his major, from composition to performance and even instruction.

"Most of the time, all professional performing musicians have to have some kind of teaching background just because it's a successful way to have a steady income," says Hoselcaw.

Looking at him now, at 22 years old in a button-up shirt and tie, it's hard to imagine Hoseclaw as a dissolute wandering teen. A photographic memory aids him in memorizing classical compositions from his favorite composers, such as Bach and Agustín Barrios Mangoré.

"I study music and try to emulate styles as far back as 1446 to today," says Hoseclaw. "The palate needs to expand the entire interval of western history, anywhere from France to Germany to Spain, all the way to England and over to South America."

For the Tidings Café, Hoseclaw performed "Sons de Carrilhoes," by Joao Pernambuco, while sitting on a tree branch in Lithia Park.

"I play a wide range of classics, jazz standards and original compositions," says Hoselcaw, "I have anywhere from 20 to 30 original compositions; I compose quite a few a week. There's times when I'll be working steady for two to three weeks, or I'll take a few months off and just practice."

Hoseclaw has made four CDs of his music, each with a different theme. One features tunes from Spain, another South American music, another jazz standards and the fourth his original compositions.

Accumulating regular gigs, Hoseclaw plays at Habanero's in Medford from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. In Ashland he plays from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays at Chateaulin, from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays at Blue Greek on Granite and from 6 to 7 p.m. Sundays and Mondays at the Winchester Inn Wine Bar.

Usually billed as Tye Hoseclaw, he's in the process of dropping his last name and just using Tye Austin as his stage name.

Hoseclaw will make his debut on the Britt Festival's Table Rock stage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, just before the Sharon Isbin concert. Backed by a full orchestra, Isbin is a classical guitarist and head guitar director at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

"She's the founder and director of guitar studies. It's a big opportunity to further advance my career, and get some feedback and publicity," Hoseclaw says. "It's going to be quite eventful."

For more on Hoseclaw, see www.tyeaustin.wordpress.com.

Mandy Valencia is a reporter for the Mail Tribune. Reach her at 541-776-4486 or at avalencia@mailtribune.com.