In the summer 1991 Michael Tinus and Rebecca Barca-Tinus were blown onto the shores of Martha’s Vineyard as Hurricane Bob was making its exit. Since then they have been treating students and audiences alike with their 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 1986 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 teaches concert band, string orchestra, jazz band, class guitar, and sound technology.
Michael is widely recognized as a skilled performer in Jazz, Classical and Rock music and is proficient on the upright bass, guitar, and cello. He has performed with many island groups and is a member of the which has released several CD’s.
Rebecca was first introduced to the violin at age two through a Suzuki program in her hometown of Harwich MA. In 1985 Rebecca went on to major in violin perfomance at Ithaca College. Rebecca's teachers throughout her career have been; Carol Sykes, Linda Case, Philip Clark and her mentor, Pamela Gearhart.
In the fall of 2020 Rebecca closed her private string studio that she started in 1991 and with her long-time friend Lauren Milligan began . East Coast Strings is a string studio encompassing a combination of virutal and on-site learning.
Over the years, Rebecca performed in a variety of venues on the Vineyard, but most frequently plays with Michael for weddings and special occasions.