He has attended the National Orchestra Institute and was a faculty apprentice at the MasterWorks Festival. Principal Teachers have included David Harding and Steve Wedell (viola) and Cyrus Forough and Leonid Polonsky (violin.) He has played in masterclasses for Lawrence Dutton – violist of the Emerson Quartet, Meng Wang and Tatiana Mead Chamis of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Robert Vernon – principal violist of the Cleveland Orchestra. He has studied chamber music with Noah Bendix-Balgley, Isaias Zelkowicz, and Julia Lichten.
This past spring, Mr. Hettinga performed the 2nd solo viola part to J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with the Carnegie Mellon Baroque Ensemble coached by Chatham Baroque.