132 O'Fallon-Troy Rd, O'Fallon, IL 62269, US


"Music from Bach to Rock"


Philip Tinge

 Philip began playing violin in 1975 under the instruction of Chris Determan. After moving from South Dakota to the St. Louis Metro East area, he studied under Gloria Mayer. In high school Philip worked in the SIU Edwardsville Suzuki string program with tutorial instruction from John Kendall. While attending SIU Edwardsville, Philip studied violin under Dr. Kent Perry and John Kendall and studied viola under Robert Schieber. He graduated from SIU Edwardsville with degrees in both violin and viola performance, and a specialization in Suzuki pedagogy.

Philip has played with the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra since 1978 and has served as concertmaster since 1994. He played violin and viola with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra from 1981 to 1987 and has been a substitute player for the Illinois Symphony on various occasions. Since 1987 Philip has played with the Lewis and Clark String Quartet. He started performing at area churches in 1980 and began offering private instruction in 1981. The Belleville Philharmonic Suzuki program became Tinge Studios, in affiliation with the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra, in 1996. In 2004, Philip began teaching in the Education through Music program at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School. The program includes over one hundred students in grades K-8.  Philip also assists in string lessons at Good Shepherd Lutheran School of Collinsville, Illinois.

Philip is available for instruction in violin and viola. To contact Philip regarding lessons, please email: 

Gina McIssac

 Gina began playing piano in 1981 under the instruction of her mother, Naomi Brunner. In 1983 she began playing violin. Between 1985 and 1987 she studied under the instruction of Tina Lin and John Kendall at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. From 1988 to 1993 she studied with Yuko Fisher of the St. Louis Symphony. From 1993 to 1995 she attended Lawrence University Conservatory of Music.

Gina played with the Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra from 1983 until 1990. Between 1985 and 1993 Gina was a member of the Brunner Family Quintet. From 1990 to 1993 she was a member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. While Attending Lawrence University Gina was a member of the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra. Gina has been a full-time member of the Lewis & Clark String Quartet since 1996.

Gina is available for instruction in piano and  violin.  To contact Gina regarding lessons, please email:  

Andrew Tinge

Andrew Tinge started playing piano at the age of 5 and bass at 11.  Not long after he started playing bass did he develop an interest in the world of lutherie.  He was notorious for taking violins apart – and sometime putting them back together.  His interest bloomed over the years along with his expertise, part due to the opportunity to observe luthiers around the world including New York City, Paris, Brussels, and Mittenwald, Germany.  In addition, he learned the art of bow-making and repair under Reid Hudson at the White River Artisans School, Arkansas.

Mr. Tinge studied under the late Henry Lowe, principal bass of St. Louis Symphony.  He obtained his Bachelors in Music Performance on bass at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and studied at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music in pursuit of his Masters degree.  He also attended the Lemmins Institute in Leuven, Belgium.

Andrew currently plays as a section member with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Illinois Chamber Orchestra.  He has performed with the New York National Orchestra.  Abroad, he has held musicianship with the Neo-Chamber Ensemble and Westflamms Orchestra in Belgium.  Locally he has played with the St. Louis Philharmonic and several other groups in the St. Louis area.

To contact Andrew for lessons and specific repair needs, please email: 

Lesson Rates

Phil'zHarmoniks @ Disney

 Lesson pricing has remained the same for several years . . . 30 minutes $95/month - - 45 minutes $137.50/month - - and hour lessons $180/ month.  There is still a discount for paying by the trimester or the year (thru May).   The cost for group class (supplies fee) is callled the group fee.*  It is a once per year cost which is paid to Tinge Studios at the beginning of the year [Fall session] – please see note/fees at bottom of page.  

With any length lesson, we strongly encourage all of our students to attend the Group Classes. 

We would also like to remind all of our parents to stay involved with their child's activities and take part in the Suzuki Boosters.

30 minute:  monthly - $95.00 (Centralia lesson fee is $5 more/ month)
                   trimester - $276.00
                   annually - $815.00

45 minute:  monthly - $137.50
                   trimester - $400.00
                   annually - $1180.00

60 minute:  monthly - $180.00
                   trimester - $525.00
                   annually - $1545.00

Summer 2018 lessons:  $25.00 per 30 minute or the whole summer - 9 lessons for $ 215 (30 minute lessons) - depending on schedules,  summer fees can change according to lessons possible.

We will have the same enrollment fees as before . . .
(Please make check payable to: Tinge Studios)

One Student - $40.00

Second Student - $35.00

Third Student - ~$25.00

Fourth Student - ~$15.00  (any additional students are also $15/year) 

*Payment of these fees also allows one to be eligible for scholarships and group competitions, plus it helps defray the cost of copies and purchases of special group pieces.Type your paragraph here. 

About Our Lessons

Everyone is important, Every part is important, Everyone is a part of the Family!


Phil'zHarmoniks @ St. Matthew UMC Glory of Christmas 2017

About Us

Phil'z- Harmoniks

 Phil'zHarmoniks is the performing student group of Tinge Studios. We are based in the St. Louis Metro East area out of O'Fallon, Illinois.  With our extension group in Centralia we cover most of southern Illinois.  Led by Philip Tinge and assistant teacher Gina McIsaac, Phil'zHarmoniks is a bowed string instrument group based on the concepts developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.

Suzuki believed that one can learn to play well if they can hear what they are trying to play.  This method is based on the concept that all children learn to speak their "mother tongue" by hearing others speak, so they learn their instrument by listening to others play.  This "Mother Tongue" philosophy is very important for the playing of instruments, but especially string instruments. Without any defined location for the fingers to set upon for a given note, it is very important to be able to hear a sound and then produce that sound.  Once students are able to hear what they want, only time and practice stand between hope and success.

Of course there are many other obstacles that must be overcome to play a violin.  One of the biggest issues is not actually a musical issue but a fundamental skill needed for success: desire.  The saying, "Where there's a will, there's a way" is true in all aspects of life.  All too often students make plans to do something, but then quit trying when difficulties strip away their desire.

In Phil'zHarmoniks, we utilize methods which help desire grow and students reach goals.  This is accomplished by providing a nurturing environment filled with love and care on an individual level.  Everyone is important, every part is important, everyone is a part of the family.

Positive peer pressure can be a very useful tool, and social interaction between the ages and differing levels of skills can create enthusiasm and excitement to learn.  Along with private lessons, every student of Phil'zHarmoniks is given the opportunity to be active in musical groups.  The main group class meets on  Thursdays and works on polishingbasic skills (such as tone, pitch, and posture) and playing as a group (to learn skills such as following a leader and musicality).  The music for these groups is arranged for all ages and skill levels.  Students all get to play together at the same time, so advanced players can polish fundamental skills while beginning students learn from the more advanced players.  We teach equal importance of parts and all skill levels are given high regards and respect.  By giving everyone the opportunity to play together and interact we create a fun environment full of enthusiasm to learn.

To keep the enthusiasm of students covering a wide range of personalities and ages, a large variety of musical genres is needed.  Phil'zHarmoniks performs music in every style, from before the Baroque (Bach) era of music through the modern Rock 'n' Roll of today.  And as we learn from this vast variety we also learn how they all relate.  The wide variety keeps students interested and excited, plus allows Phil'zHarmoniks the ability to perform in a wide range of concert venues.

We frequently play for area church services and nursing homes, and have also traveled as far as Europe.  Our most recent trip was performing at Walt Disney World on June 9, 2017.  We are planning to get a recording of the 2017 Disney Set made available soon.  Disney workers were impressed, guests were astonished, and we were thrilled.  It was a great way to begin the summer.  The students who participated had a great time and a boost in their desire to do their best.

The many opportunities to perform encourage students to continue moving forward to meet their goals and helps theirwill find its way.  The family environment helps students accept correction and solidifies self esteem.  With all parts being of equal importance, the desire to improve is to accomplish, not be better than, which makes everyone strive to be the best that they can be!  All of these traits makes learning to play violin, viola, cello, or bass pure musical enjoyment. 

Additional Services


In addition to lessons,

Tinge Studios can assist arranging music and musicians for weddings and other special occasions.

Stringed instrument supplies 

"Strings - Music - Instruments" We can help you find the instrument that fills your needs.

Repairs - accidents happen and general maintenance is vital in your instrument's health and your musical enjoyment.


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Tinge Studios

132 O'Fallon-Troy Rd, O'Fallon, IL 62269, US

(618) 972-8772