Michael Tinus

In the summer 1991 Michael Tinus was blown onto the shores of Martha’s Vineyard as Hurricane Bob was making its exit. Since then he has been treating students and audiences alike with his many musical talents.

At the age of nine Michael began playing the upright bass in his home town of Camillus New York. He received a BA of Music Education from Ithaca College in 1987 and in 1991 a Master of Music Performance from Michigan State University. 

Currently Michael holds the position of instrumental music teacher at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He is widely recognized as a proficient performer in Jazz, Classical and Rock music. Michael is a member of the John Aliamo trio which has released several CD’s, one currently being aired on French Radio. He also performs in a classical duet with his wife Rebecca. Michael and Rebecca live in Oak Bluffs with their two daughters Amalie and Mikayla.

Rebecca Barca-Tinus

Rebecca Barca-Tinus has been playing the violin since age two. She began her studies with Carol Sykes and was a member of the Young Peoples String Concert. In 1985 Rebecca continued her musical education at Ithaca College. While there she studied with Philip Clark, Linda Case and Pamela Gearhart.

Rebecca has been teaching since she was 16 years old. Rebecca believes that to be a good teacher you must learn from your students as much as they learn from you.

In 1991 Rebecca moved to Martha’s Vineyard with her husband Michael. Together they began teaching in the school systems and performing for various events and social occasions

In 1993 Rebecca retired from the school system to begin a family and run her private violin studio.