" Michael represents all that a great teacher should be. He is as dedicated to improving his students' instrumental skills as he is to nurturing their musical development. He encourages comaraderie and team spirit..."
Rachel Barton Pine
International Concert Violinist
"...an unusually nurturing sort of teacher, always on the lookout for creative ways to broaden his students' experiences in music. In face at a recent performance I gave of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, I saw him with about twenty of his students in tow. Somehow he had managed to aquire a block of front row seats for them!"
Professor of Violin, University of Wisconsin- Madison
Artist-in-residence, Pro Arte Quartet
" All the groups were at the top of their game, especially the Windy City String Ensemble from Oak Park, Illinois as passionately conducted by Michael Hining. (He) really had the musicians outdoing themselves with a heart-rendering interpretation of Barber's 'Adagio for Strings'."
Irvine World News
The Violin and Viola Studio of Michael Hining is celebrating its 30th anniversary season in 2017. Mr. Hining provides expert instruction on both violin and viola. The goals are simple: to help young and old have a greater appreciation for the arts, to help each student discover his or her own special talents, and finally to encourage and help students realize their own potential. From the earliest stages of instruction, students attend both private and group lessons. Note reading and theory workbooks are added at intermediate levels, and both intermediate and advanced students have the opportunity to perform with the award-winning Windy City String Ensemble. Several solo recitals are scattered throughout the year as well as two large concerts featuring all current students performing as one. Finally, students are invited to perform at weekly studio and master classes, sometimes featuring alumni and professional musicians from around the Chicago area.
Mr. Hining began violin studies at age 9. After winning the National Federation of Music Club's violin solo competition twice, Michael was accepted into the studio of Dorothy Delay at both the Juilliard School and Aspen Music Festival. He later continued studies with renowned violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi. After finishing his Bachelor's degree, Mr. Hining began viola studies and received both his Masters and Performers Certificate from Northern Illinois University with both Ashkenasi and Richard Young of the Vermeer Quartet as his instructors. He received his Suzuki teacher training from Ed Kreitman and Michelle Higa George in 1993. He has performed in the Chamber Music Series as faculty member at the Eastern Music Festival with classical music legend Joseph Gingold and New York Philharmonic Principal cellist Carter Brey. Michael has also served as principal violist of the Elgin and Rockford Symphonies. Besides having served on the faculties of Illinois Wesleyan University and the Music Institute of Chicago, Mr. Hining has given master classes throughout the U.S. including the University of Michigan and has been a guest coach for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. The winner of numerous awards, Michael was honored by the Chicago Symphony in 2011 with a Citizen Musician recognition, received the 2000 Outstanding Alumni Award from Northern Illinois University, and the 2001 Community Outreach Award from the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Most recently, Mr. Hining received the 2012 Outstanding Studio Teacher Award from the Illinois American String Teachers Association.
Mr. Hining's violin and viola students have placed in such competitions as the Illinois Young Performer's Competition, the Tertis International Viola Competition, and the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition. His graduates have been accepted to such major music conservatories as The Juilliard School, The Eastman, Cleveland, and Peabody conservatories as well as Oberlin College, Indiana University and the Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin. His former students perform with such major ensembles as the Concertgebeouw of Amsterdam, the Chicago, Detroit, South Dakota, Arkansas, and New World Symphonies as well as the Lyric Opera Orchestra. Most recently, a group of his students were chosen along with 7 other U.S. studios to attend Michelle Obama's 2010 Classical Music Day at the White House. Their mentor for the day was Joshua Bell.
The Windy City String Ensemble is a not-for-profit performing group made up of studio violinists and violists as well as cellists and bassists from the community accepted by audition. In 1999, the WCSE won the gold medal at the Sydney International Music Festival. In 2002, the Suzuki Association of the Americas invited the chamber group to perform at the SAA Teachers Convention. In 2003, as part of the New York Youth Orchestra Festival, the WCSE performed at Carnegie Hall to four standing ovations and rave reviews. In addition to their formal concerts, the orchestra seeks to bring music to those in need. The WCSE has helped raise money and awareness for the Make A Wish foundation, the Animal Care League, and PING!, a local group that helps to bring instruments and lessons to those who could not otherwise afford them. Mr. Hining is the music director and conductor of the WCSE.