Betsy Hinkle is a Boston-based violinist and music educator equally at home on the concert stage and serving her community through equity-based music education, performances, and arts administration. Primarily focused on “Classical” music, Betsy also loves Jazz and Improvisation, and incorporates a bit of each into her teaching, though considers herself mostly a traditional violin teacher using ear-training, music reading, development of melodic and harmonic memory, and simply the joy of music-making as her guide.
Betsy has been teaching since she was in high school and has always centered individualism and learning styles in her violin teaching and curriculum design. She uses a violin and chamber music curriculum which centers around her goals as a music educator. “My focus is always about creating equity and fostering curiosity around the inclusion of historically excluded composers and relevant cultures into my teaching.”
She is the founder of the Boston Public Quartet, dedicated to normalizing the amplification of historically excluded voices in classical music. She has performed throughout New England with orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Boston Public Quartet, Shelter Music Boston, the Boston Ballet Orchestra, the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
Betsy is a newly elected member of the Board of the Boston Musician’s Association Local 9-535 and a founding member and co-chair of the BMA Anti-Racism Committee. She was a 2018-2020 META Fellow of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, served as the 2017 Alumni Commencement speaker at New England Conservatory, and received the 2014 Barbara C. Harris Award for Social Justice.
She founded the non-profit musiConnects in 2007 to establish and support educational and artistic residences using an innovative chamber music model. From 2007 – 2017 she served as the organization’s Executive and then Artistic Director, and until 2021 served in the role of Resident Musician.
Betsy received her Master of Music in Violin Performance, as well as a Music in Education Concentration, in the studio of Nicholas Kitchen of the renowned Borromeo String Quartet. A native Floridian, she received her Bachelor of Music from the Florida State University, on full academic and music scholarships, and played in the Honors Piano Trio as a Liberace Scholar.
She lives in Roslindale with her husband and two children and loves cooking, baking, and gardening.