HETTINGA FAMILY MUSICIANS

See short bios of Alex’s siblings below, and feel free to inquire on the Hire page about Hettinga chamber music performances in Pittsburgh or Cleveland areas.

Andrew Hettinga is a violinist living in Mt. Vernon, OH with his wife, violinist Leah Hettinga, and their three foster sons. Drew is a member of the Ohio National Guard, and holds a degree in Theology from Homestead College of the Bible. His wife Leah holds a degree in violin performance from Eastern Michigan University, and enjoys teaching privately. Drew and Leah met at the MasterWorks Performing Arts Festival in Winona Lake, IN and both enjoy playing with their church band.

Matthew Hettinga is a violist living in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Brooke. He holds his Bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied violin with Cyrus Forough and viola with David Harding. Matthew has held a 1-year position in the Rochester Philharmonic, and currently performs with the Erie Philharmonic and Westmoreland Symphony while also holding a banking job at PNC. Matthew takes a keen interest in period performance, and has performed several concerts with Pittsburgh’s Chatham Baroque on baroque viola. Matthew has attended the National Orchestral Institute and played principal viola at the MasterWorks Festival. He has soloed with the Newark-Granville Symphony and the Knox County Symphony.

Brooke (Nance) Hettinga was born into a musical family in Rochester, NY and began playing French horn at age seven. Fourteen years later, she is working on her Bachelor of Fine Arts as a senior at Carnegie Mellon University, under the instruction of William Caballero. Over the past six summers, Brooke has attended the MasterWorks Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Peak Performance Horn Symposium. She has performed as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic and the MasterWorks Festival Orchestra. She enjoys teaching privately in the Pittsburgh area, as well as running her photography business and drinking artisan coffee! Brooke married into the Hettinga family in January of 2016, and loves to spend time with her husband, Matthew and their cat Willa.

Elisabeth Hettinga is studying Biblical Counseling and String Pedagogy at Maranatha Bible College in Watertown, Wisconsin. As a freshman, she won her school’s concerto competition and performed with the Maranatha College Orchestra in Spring of 2016. She has also soloed with the Knox County Symphony and played as concertmaster of the Newark-Granville Youth Symphony and as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. She teaches private violin students and is taking Suzuki teacher training as part of her degree. She also learned to play the harp at a young age, and currently enjoys singing with the Maranatha touring choir.

James Hettinga is a 17-year-old cellist living in Elyria, Ohio. His prizes include: First Place Cleveland Cello Society Competition Senior Division 2015, First Place Cleveland Cello Society Competition Junior Division 2013, Strings Winner for Talents for Christ Competition 2014 & 2015, First Place 2013 Duquesne Young Artist National Competition Solo Strings, First Place 2013 Columbus Young Artist Competition. James has studied Viola da Gamba at Oberlin Conservatory. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra for three years, and at the MasterWorks Festival with their Philharmonic Orchestra for three years. His teachers have included Luis Biava, Cora Kuyvenhoven, Amir Eldan at Oberlin Conservatory, and Richard Weiss of the Cleveland Orchestra. In 2016, James performed on the From The Top radio show with the Cecelia Octet and attended the Encore Chamber Music Quartet Intensive. James is also a vocalist and guitarist.

Julia, Lily, and Peter Hettinga live in Elyria, OH and are all studying music at Oberlin College Preparatory School, soon to begin studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory School. Julia, 14, is a member of the CIM Youth String Camerata, and Lily, 11, is a member of the CIM Beginning Orchestra. These youngest three Hettingas complete an octet of string playing siblings, and look forward to someday perform the Mendelssohn Octet with their older siblings. All the Hettingas are forever grateful to their parents James and Pamela for their support and guidance. James and Pamela are not musicians themselves, but give their all to support the passions of their children.