Soloist - Voice-mezzo-soprano
Isabella Dolande (Mezzo-Soprano) is a fourth-year Voice Performance major and Arts Administration minor at the University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music. She loves to sing all different kinds of genres, including opera/classical, showtunes, country/bluegrass, jazz, pop, and rock. Currently studying with Dr. Cynthia Morrow, she has appeared in the Butler Opera Center's productions of "Cosi fan Tutte," Mark Adamo's "Little Women," and "Suor Angelica," and sings Alto I in UT’s elite Chamber Singers choir. Isabella has also been coached by Stacy Strakowski (Dept. of Theatre and Dance) and Rick Rowley for musical theatre showtunes and popular genres. Most recent highlights include the Queen in Travis Nance's world premiere staged reading of "Sofia," (Butler School of Music), Ensemble in Disney’s "Mary Poppins" (Georgetown Palace Theatre), Charlotte Malcom in Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" (scenes, Butler Opera Center), lead Bluegrass singer in the Heifetz Hootenannies (Staunton, VA), featured soloist in Steven Bryant's "All Stars are Love" (UT Symphony Band), and featured vocal soloist/inaugural vocal ensemble (Alto I) in the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. This spring, Isabella played her first lead operatic role as Zemfira in Rachmaninoff’s one-act opera, "Aleko" (Russian Speakers Society of Austin). The production was met with praise and acclaim from Society members.
Soloist - Flute-piccolo
Paulo Santos is a native Austinite and an up and coming member of the Austin music scene. He regularly plays classic and contemporary jazz, funk, and brass band music in particular. Paulo is starting his second year at the Butler School of Music at UT Austin in the Jazz Performance field.
Paulo is also an avid woodwind doubler, playing saxophone and flute regularly.
He currently performs in both the UT Jazz Orchestra, and AIME (Alternative Improvisational Music Ensemble), two of the flagship ensembles of the UT Jazz department.
Instruction - 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. Yunjin Lee has taught lessons over 6 years. She loves to working and sharing music with various students. Currently she is working as a instructor in the Piano Project at University of Texas at Austin and Group Piano Class Oak Hill Elementary, Boone Elementary, and Hill Elementary.
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.
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.
Instruction - Clarinet
Julie Yu is a clarinet teacher in the Austin and surrounding areas. She has experience with teaching young children to adults and offers customizable classes to fit every schedule and budget. Julie holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor Univerisfy and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at The University of Texas at Austin.
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.
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 - 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.