Instruction - Bassoon
Bassoonist Alexander Onieal has held positions with the New Mexico Philharmonic and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, Opera Southwest, Performance Santa Fe, Lubbock Symphony, Midland-Odessa Symphony, and the Williamsburg (VA) Symphony. Alexander holds a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University. His primary teachers include Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Judith LeClair, and Jeffrey Keesecker.
Alexander has toured with the Castleton Festival Orchestra in Muscat, Oman and on the West Coast of the United States with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. As a chamber musician he has performed at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Chatter Sunday, Juilliard ChamberFest, with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival's educational ensemble, and at various venues across the country. He has attended numerous summer programs including the Crested Butte Music Festival, Castleton Festival, Bowdoin International Festival, Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, Hidden Valley Music Seminars, and the Eastern Music Festival. After maintaining a successful private studio in Albuquerque, NM for three years Alexander will begin to teach in Austin, TX this fall in Austin ISD and Leander ISD. When not performing or making reeds, he enjoys spending time with his one year old Border Collie mix, Summer.
Soloist - Trombone
I have had a wide experience of band, orchestra, and chamber playing, and very much enjoy playing in those types of groups as well. I love meeting new people though music, as well as having new musical experiences.
Soloist - Jazz-saxophone
A native of Geneseo, Illinois, Jim Buennig [BYOO-nig] is a saxophonist, educator, and recording artist based in Austin, TX specializing in a range of musical styles with his main focus being jazz. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Western Illinois University and a Master of Arts degree in Jazz Studies from The University of Iowa. He has served as a Teaching Assistant at The University of Iowa and as the director of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Youth Jazz Band, an auditioned group of middle and high school students from the Davenport, IA area sponsored by the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society. After relocating to Austin from Iowa City in the summer of 2017, Buennig is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Performance while serving as a Teaching Assistant in the Jazz Studies department of the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin.
In March 2017, Buennig released It’s Like This, his self-produced debut studio album. The album consists entirely of original compositions and has received wide critical acclaim. Hobart Taylor of Orange County Public Radio (Irvine, CA) called Buennig’s playing “relaxed, not derivative or chasing fashion, and perpetually in the groove.” Midwest Record described the album as “a solid dose of pure jazz for serious listeners that want to hear some new stuff done right.” In July of 2017, the Jim Buennig Quintet recorded a live EP set to be released later this year.
Buennig and his groups play extensively throughout the midwest and have made appearances at the Iowa City Jazz Festival and the Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Festival. Buennig has also played with groups such as the Johnson County Landmark, Western Illinois University Jazz Studio Orchestra, Steve Hawk Jazz Orchestra, the Peoria Heritage Ensemble, and numerous rock bands throughout Illinois, including a performace with Goose Town at Summer Camp Music Festival (Chillicothe, IL).
Jim's major influences include Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Kenny Garrett, Cannonball Adderley, Wayne Shorter, and Tom Harrell.
It’s Like This is available for download on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and CDBaby.
Ensemble - Clarinet, Composition, Jazz piano, Jazz saxophone, Music history theory tutoring, Saxophone
- Experienced participant in high level music making.
- Private saxophone instructor in Waco area for several years.
- Seasoned performer as a soloist, chamber ensemble, and large ensemble member.
I have a BM in music composition from Baylor University where I studied with Dr. Scott McAllister as well as saxophone with Dr. Michael Jacobson. If you are interested, I would like to invite you to visit my website, where you will find more specific about my musical background and who I am as a human being.
Instruction - Flute-piccolo
Looking to improve your flute playing, learning more repertoire or prepare for marching band? Hayley Miller, teaching assistant to Marianne Gedigian at the University of Texas at Austin, has been teaching for over ten years is interested in taking on students in the Austin area. She offers flexible time frames in half hour and hour sessions on weekdays and weekends. Her rate is $25/half hour and $50/hour. She would be happy to answer any questions you may have and looks forward to working with you!
Instruction - Classical-piano
As human beings, we have a longing to connect with what is beyond ourselves. I believe that music is one of the highest forms of art that not only helps us grow intellectually and emotionally, but also enriches us to become more compassionate and perceptive to both the external world and our inner selves. As a music teacher, my goal is to instill a lifelong curiosity and passion for the journey of music in my students, and to help them succeed in life by equipping them with the discipline that comes with playing an instrument.
My educational background includes Master of Music in Piano Performance in progress at the University of Texas, and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (summa cum laude) from Texas State University, where I was the winner of the concerto competition. Other achievements include the 3rd prize at the Petroff Collegiate Piano Competition and sharing the stage with Christopher O’Riley, aired on NPR’s From the Top.
Aside from going to school and teaching piano, I like to read about European history, and religion and philosophy. Prior to my music career, I served as a nurse in the U.S. Army for four years in active duty and deployed to Iraq for one year.
*Available on weekends
*In-home lessons available