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.
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.
Instruction - Viola
M.M. Viola Performance Major, offering private or group lessons to all levels of violists, and beginning and intermediate violinists; all ages. Although I am a trained violist, but I have had successful violin students as well. In the past three years, I have maintained a studio of about 20 students, as well as taught in publuc school, taught group classes, at summer camps, and more. Each of my students are at the top of their sections in youth orchestras as well as at school. In lessons, students will learn using Suzuki books and the Dorothy Delay Practice Breakdown (as used by Sarah Chang). My mission as a teacher is to show students how to work hard and pay attention to details, which will build confidence, making them a stronger player and a better person. These skills can then be applied to all aspects of life, even outside of music. Private lessons are $40 per hour. Please contact for rates on group instruction.
Ensemble - Jazz percussion drums, Jazz piano, Jazz saxophone, Jazz trumpet
Blending together music from all around the world in one set, High Standards will play tunes that will keep you on your toes. From Swing to Be-Bop, from Brazilian to Funk, from Folk to Middle Eastern- we have it all!
Whether you need a loud high energy group or some dinner party jazz, High Standards will collaborate with you to make sure your event is the one you pictured it to be.
Soloist - Viola
M.M. Viola performance major offering solo viola performances for all events, such as church servies, weddings, funerals, etc. Please contact for rates, as prices will vary based on location, time, and the amount of music to be prepared.
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!
Soloist - Jazz-piano
Hailing from suburban Houston, Thomas Wenglinski is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and third-year Jazz Composition major at the University of Texas at Austin. Thomas was exposed to a variety of musical influences from an early age, and by the time he finished high school, he had written and performed several compositions with both his peers and professional musicians.
In his two years at the University of Texas, Thomas has premiered thirteen compositions/arrangements for the school's big bands, in addition to professionally arranging for ensembles such as the brazilian big band Banda Urbana. In July of 2017, the UT Jazz Orchestra performed his composition "AustiNite" at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He is currently is in his second year as the band's pianist.
Thomas regularly cites Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Louis Cole, Genevieve Artadi, Joe Henderson, Milton Nascimento, Kenny Wheeler, Red Garland, Keith Jarrett, and Lyle Mays as his main musical influences.
Soloist - Classical-piano
Yunjin Lee is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin where she studies with Gregory Allen. She received her Master of Music degree at Eastman School of Music as a student of Enrico Elisi. She was the recipient of a Graduate Award (Studio Accompanist) at the Eastman School of Music. She received Bachelor of Music degree from the Yonsei University, where she was offered a scholarship for academic excellence while studying under the tutelage of Bong-Ae Shin. Yunjin also received scholarships from the Globetech Eng. Graduate program in 2014. She won numerous prizes in competitions including East Coast International Competition, American Protégé International Piano and Strings competition, Seoul Youth Chamber Music competition, Buam competition, Seoul Music competition, Chopin International competition in Asia. She performed in Texas, New York City, Cincinnati and Rochester, and took part in the Texas State International Piano Festival in 2015, College-Conservatory of Music Piano Festival - Art of the Piano in 2016 with a full scholarship.