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

(618) 972-8772

Violin & viola performing group "Phil'zHarmoniks"


"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: 

Students and Teachers



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 been simplified to a consistent, levelized plan - Each month throughout the year is the same for violin & viola lessons . . . 30 minutes $90/month - - 45 minutes $130/month - - and hour lessons $170/ month.  There is still a 3% discount for paying by the trimester or the year (thru May). 

Along with private lessons, Tinge Studios also offers group sessions which are highly encouraged for students of all ages! 

The instruction at group lessons prepares students for the many Phil'zHarmoniks performance opportunities! No Additional Fee is required for group class if the students are enrolled in private lessons.  The monthly group fee is $30 for all students not enrolled in private lessons through Tinge Studios.  (Special rates are offered for students of Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School)

Our group sessions are held at the Centralia Cultural Society on Monday afternoons from 4:30 - 5:45 and at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School on Thursday afternoons from 4:15-5:45.  

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.  This group aids in organizing performances and special events/receptions.  We ask every family to contribute $35 yearly to this group so that they can continue in making your child's musical experience more memorable.

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


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

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Tinge Studios

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

(618) 972-8772

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