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 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 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 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.
Established in 1996, we offer violin, viola, cello, and string bass lessons to students of all ages in the St. Louis Metro East and southern Illinois area. Private lessons are coordinated with the individual teaching staff. Phil'zHarmoniks, the student performers of Tinge Studios, holds group classes on Monday and Thursday evenings. Monday's group is held at the Centralia Cultural Society in Centralia, IL. and Thursday's group is held at Christ United Methodist Church, Fairview Heights, IL.
Group classes are an added bonus to private instruction. Phil'zHarmoniks performs many places. There is a small yearly fee to assist with associated costs.
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.
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. We nurture with Love
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Phil'zHarmoniks @ St. Matthew UMC Glory of Christmas 2017
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