Margaretha E. Tindemans
1951 - 2014
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Margaretha E. Tindemans

Margaretha E. Tindemans was born March 26, 1951, in Nederweert, the Netherlands, the fourth child of Wilhelmina Coenen and Henricus Tindemans. She died December 31, 2014, in Seattle.

Margriet's childhood in post-World War II Europe, in the village where she was born, grounded her in the values that defined her life. Her father was an elementary school teacher at a time when his pupils often showed up hungry or cold. Her mother taught "domestic arts," grew the family's vegetables, took outcasts of various stripes into their home, and found ways to support her children's talents as soon as they emerged.

Music was Margriet's talent from early on. She remembers tapping her toes inside her shoes to the rhythm of kyries and swaying in her pew as the priest droned. She began violin lessons at age ten. By age 14, she was named first violin in the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands. The group gave concerts throughout Holland-"our postage stamp of a country," she called it.

Traveling with the youth orchestra developed Margriet's taste for communal music-making. After Conservatory studies in Maastricht, then Brussels, Belgium, and Basel, Switzerland, which she completed with highest honors, her virtuosity led to an international career as a renowned performer and teacher of early music. At various stages in her career she performed on and taught, among other instruments, recorder, harp, mandolin, viola da gamba, vielle (medieval fiddle), and baroque viola. For over a decade Margriet was a member of the distinguished early music group Sequentia, performing throughout Europe and North and South America, India, Asia, and Africa.

In addition to Sequentia, Margriet has performed with, among other groups, the Royal Dutch Opera, the Newberry Consort, King's Noyse, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Pacific MusicWorks, Gallery Concerts, and the Folger Consort. She was from the beginning in 1980 one of the pillars of the "Oude Muzick Festival" in Utrecht, the Netherlands, which has grown into a world-renowned center of early music. Her performance of the Cantigas of Alfonso el Sabio was the official gift of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on the occasion of a state visit to Denmark.

Margriet has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Erato, Wildboar, Musica Omnia, and others. Her recording of Handel arias with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and Stephen Stubbs was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006.

After she moved to Seattle in 1986, from Cologne, Margriet was named Artist in Residence at the University of Washington and became active in the Early Music Guild. In an EMG Discovery Series performance for children in 2009, she invited small hands to examine her collection of medieval fiddles, then juggled bananas and oranges: a squealingly successful finale. For eight years she served as music director of puppet operas at the Northwest Puppet Center, including performances of Don Giovanni, The Dragon of Whatley, and The Magic Flute. More recently, she joined the music faculty at the Cornish College of the Arts.

In 1990 Margriet taught medieval chant and other early music forms to a group of twelve women, through the Northwest Center for Early Music Studies. The group eventually expanded to 60 and became the Medieval Women's Choir, a non-audition performing ensemble now in its 25th season. Open to women of all levels of musical skill, the MWC is Margriet's proudest accomplishment and the dearest to her heart. Her friend and colleague Nancy Zylstra will take over directing the remaining two performances of the Choir's 2014-15 season, including a multimedia show of Cantigas de Santa Maria in March 2015 and a semi-staged performance of Hildegard of Bingen's Ordo Virtutum in May 2015.

At the Choir's 2014 Christmas concert, Deputy Mayor Kate Joncas declared December 20 Margriet Tindemans Day in the City of Seattle, for, among other accomplishments, her "virtuostic and deeply informed playing

[...which] has opened new worlds of beauty and history" to her audiences and students. The Mayor's proclamation describes her as "a towering musical artist, mentor, and leader, beloved and admired by a wide community."

Margriet is survived by her spouse, Judith Suther of Seattle; her sisters Jeanne Tindemans and Annemiek Tindemans and her brothers Peter Tindemans and Jan Tindemans, all of the Netherlands; her nephews Simon Tindemans of England, Arthur Tindemans and Bas Mulders, both of the Netherlands; her nieces Mirjam Mulders of the Netherlands and Ingrid Mulders of England, and all their partners; her great-niece, Nisha Tindemans of England; and her all-time best student and musical soulmate, Shira Kammen of Berkeley, California. Margriet was preceded in death by her parents and her late husband, Richard Templeton.

A memorial event is planned for May 2015.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 4, 2015.
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May 13, 2015
This wonderful artist and Early Music visionary will be greatly missed by those of us lucky enough to discover this important musical genre through her work, and collect her oeuvre through the recordings of Sequentia and Huelgas Ensembles, and performer in several important Early Music consorts (Folger, Newberry, Kings Noyse) and professional opera companies (Seattle, Royal Dutch).

Margriet, you will be greatly missed and always loved for your passion, talent, scholarly teaching, and devotion to the Early Music world.
S Churchill PhD
March 3, 2015
Grace, dignity, and
such a generous spirit;
Margriet, we miss you.
Julia Tracy
February 5, 2015
As Medieval Women's Choir prepares for our next concert, she is with us every moment. Personally, she made my musical ability more than I ever dreamed possible, delivered with such passion and charm, she is forever in my heart.
Joyce Anderson
January 12, 2015
Margriet was a true citizen of the music world. All of us who were lucky enough to play with her benefitted from her deep knowledge and gregarious personality. And she was everywhere! She was brilliant on the radio in Albuquerque and at NPR; she taught classes all over the world; she played chamber music with virtually every early music person in the business. How could one person do so much in such a short life? Margriet gave us so much. She was one of the world's great sweeties and will be sorely missed.
Marty Ronish
January 12, 2015
Margriet thank you for bringing so much Light into our world and teaching us how to pass the Light on.
Wilma Weddington
January 11, 2015
With Dick Templeton and home-grown tomatoes.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Margriet. As daughters and sons-in-law of the late Dick Templeton, she was close family to us. We fondly remember many shared holiday and family celebrations and whenever they were hosted by her, they were accompanied by a wonderful meal, good wine, and ornamented by her big, contagious laugh. We were proud to have known and been part of the life of such a brilliant musician, talented craftsperson, gardener, loving wife and generous step-mother. She will be missed greatly. ~ Claudia Templeton Soisson & Joel Soisson and Susan Templeton & Norm Gilinsky
January 11, 2015
I'll always remember her expressive face as she played her viol
Carol Martin
January 11, 2015
Our saintly Margriet channeling Hildegard of Bingen at our annual gala benefit
Carol Martin
January 11, 2015
This was taken on a beautiful June Day
Carol Martin
January 11, 2015
Heartfelt condolences to all who loved Margriet and who feel this loss acutely.
It was my joy to work/play with Margriet many times over the years. Her beautiful playing, the joy she took in her work, and her deep commitment to sharing music every way possible are enduring inspirations for all of us.
Thank you, Margriet.
John Mark Rozendaal
January 11, 2015
So sudden it seems. I loved her smile and her music. Such a gift to the world. She truly lived her life completely. I'll never forget the beautiful music she carefully selected with the MWC. So lucky to have been in this area while she lived!
January 10, 2015
I am in deepest sympathy. She was an amazing musician and educator. She was dedicated to the responsible of all the members of her choir.
Sincerely in condelscences, Ariel Rose Lupine
Ariel Lupine
January 10, 2015
Jay Erickson
January 9, 2015
Margriet has left an amazing legacy to all those who knew her, studied with her or experienced her performances. I always appreciated her optimism and cheerfulness, even when there were lots of logistical hurdles. Most of all, I will always remember those 4 stunning concerts in the Suzzallo Reading Room from 2002-2005. Simply sublime! I am so glad I was able to play a small role for her and the choir by assisting in those productions.
Diane Grover
January 9, 2015
I was shocked to her of her death.... Did I think she was immortal? ... perhaps I did...

Margaretha renewed my faith in myself as a musician, renewed my willingness to "admit" ;-) in public how much I loved medieval music, and provided a superb example of how to live on this earth as a human being.
Her role model for me was supreme as a woman, a musician, and a lover of life's rich and varied experiences.
May she now be savoring the newness of her next chapter, even as we grieve her untimely absence in ours.
Lisa J. Ponder
January 8, 2015
This is how I'll remember you, Margriet.
I really can't express the deep sadness I feel each time I remember that Margriet has gone from us. She had a charisma to match her phenomenal talent, both of which she shared freely with those who asked. What an immense hole she has left in so many lives. I will miss you so much, Margriet.
Maureen Lawther
January 8, 2015
I enjoyed my time immensely with MWC & Margriet, definitely a magical excursion & lovely learning experience!
Elsbeth Bursell
January 7, 2015
Margriet was a musical guide, a teacher, and a friend to everyone she met. My heart breaks a little each time I remember that she's gone. I am grateful beyond measure to have had 2 years in Seattle, singing in Collegium at UW and in the Medieval Women's Choir and even more grateful that I got to have her here in Milwaukee on our concert series just a couple of years ago... to see her & hear her in person again after many years was a gift.
Rebecca / Beckie Littman
January 7, 2015
So much beautiful music and love you have spread over this land! We'll all meet again.
Laurie Monahan
January 7, 2015
Say hello to St. Hildegaard for us. I'm sure you'll both have lots to discuss! And, I hope you find a good yoga class in heaven.
With Love,
Laura Gardener
Laura Gardener
January 6, 2015
So Sorry to hear this. She was always smiling.
Sharon Langs
January 6, 2015
Margriet has left a priceless gift--she'll never be far away for those who love early music.
January 6, 2015
I wanted to focus our awareness on the fact that Margarite's earned skills extended far beyond her contributions to the international Early Music Community, or even the broader community of music or the arts. Margariite's extraordinary ability to connect with others, regardless of the particulars of their selves, as they are, was of an exceptional depth, with no judgment and a total acceptance of the other's self. The trust she engendered by this skill produced an experience of relationship unusual in most daily life. We cherish the memory of sharing connection with such a person. A rare experience. I won't pray for her to RIP, but to add the gift of her energy to the creative forces of the universe in a new way.

AnnCrickmer, Seattle
January 6, 2015
I am not a musician, but can certainly appreciate good music performance. I had the pleasure to hear Margriet Tindemans perform on various early stringed instruments over the years. I always looked forward to the performances, because I knew I could expect incredible music from someone who clearly enjoyed sharing her amazing gifts with others, and always with a great spirit. I was never disappointed. She will be greatly missed in the Seattle early music community and elsewhere.
Russ Childers
January 6, 2015
I wanted to focus our awareness on the fact that Margarite's earned skills extended far beyond her contributions to the international Early Music Community, or even the broader community of music or the arts. Margarite's extraordinary ability to connect with others, regardless of the particulars of their selves, as they are, was of an exceptional depth, with no judgment and a total acceptance of the other's self. The trust she engendered by this skill produced an experience of relationship unusual in most daily life. We cherish the memory of sharing connection with such a person. A rare experience. I won't pray for her to RIP, but to add the gift of her energy to the creative forces of the universe in a new way.

Ann Crickmer, Seattle
January 6, 2015
I am saddened to hear of Margaretha's passing. She was such a lovely person, and her Northwest Puppet Theater works were the most wonderful and unique performances - it was her gift each year to all of us. Her warm smile will be missed., and the world is a bit more silent now.
Kelly Barry
January 6, 2015
I have such wonderful memories of playing consorts with Margriet years ago in Washington in a Folger Consort program. She was a wonderful musician and warm person who added something special to the performances. I'm sorry I never got to see her again. Her presence will be greatly missed.
John Moran
January 6, 2015
She gave the finest music to all who knew her. We were so lucky to have known her in Tucson, Arizona ........we will miss you, Margriet. You were patient and generous to us in every way.
January 6, 2015
...a delightfully warm person and one of the greatest inspirations in my life as a professional musician.. I hold dearly and with the fondest memories the short period I was fortunate enough to have worked with her.
January 6, 2015
such a force of nature! met her in NYC in the 80's at a Sequentia concert, think I wore that record out! later had the good fortune to housesit for her and Dick while they were in the Netherlands and I was newly landed in Seattle and apt hunting on Queen Anne hill. the most generous soul ever, and what Madeleines she made! love and peace, Andrea
andrea smith
January 6, 2015
Unforgettable, irreplaceable. What a bright light she brought to the world with her music.
Melinda Bargreen
January 5, 2015
Margreit -- A treasure and a pillar of the World's Early Music Community.
Jeffrey Mandula
January 5, 2015
Margriet's spirit lives on in every musician that her life touched, as performer, teacher, colleague and dear friend. I'm sad that she left us all too soon in this life. Thank you, Margriet, for being the most generous of musicians.
Karen Thomas
January 5, 2015
Margriet brought medieval music alive for me. She taught me how to express medieval harp music in a direct, simple and elegant way. I loved taking classes from her. Thank you for all that you taught and shared with so many. May angels sing and bless you, Margriet!

Barbara Broderick Seattle, WA
January 5, 2015
Margriet was an amazing musician & role model for musical women - I'm so sad.
Laura Martin
January 5, 2015
I was among the lucky who have had a chance to sing with her, to hear her play in many venues, and to hear the choir. What a legacy she leaves! I am deeply grateful for all she built here in Seattle and around the world. Her memory is a blessing.
January 5, 2015
Even when she wasn't in your area you still felt her presense. She will be missed. What a talent who had such great knowledge.
Gwen Rodman
January 5, 2015
Her performances were wonderful experiences. This is a great loss for Seattle and Early Music, but hopefully her legacy will live on and her contributions will not be forgotten.
Chris Gaston
January 5, 2015
a wonderful musician has left the planet. She will be missed!!
January 5, 2015
That was a really beautiful write-up of Margriet's life, loves and accomplishments... and we all know the complete list would go on for pages and pages. Reading it provides a badly-needed bit of comfort during such a sad time.
-David Morris
January 5, 2015
Such a wonderful musician and teacher, she will be greatly missed but we are thankful for the music making time she was among us.
January 5, 2015
Although it was long ago, I treasure the time we were colleagues. You will be sorely missed by musicians and music lovers everyone.
Candace Smith
January 5, 2015
The music of the spheres is richer now, and we are poorer. Rest well, Margriet.
Gail Gillispie
January 5, 2015
Such wonderful memories. I know you will teach the angels to sing. Catharina Meints Caldwell
January 5, 2015
A sad day for the Early Music world. She will be greatly missed.
Karen Walthinsen
January 5, 2015
She was such a wonderful teacher. She so loved what she was doing that it was a joy to be with her and you wanted to succeed because she wanted you to succeed.
Barbara Collins
January 5, 2015
I am so grateful for having known you, Margriet. Your phenomenal talent that you chose to share with all of us, your kindness, your great sense of humor, and your endless patience are all memories I will cherish.
Liz Piekarczyk
January 5, 2015
Margriet's simple honesty was a powerful influence on my early music career. I'll always be grateful for what she gave to all of us. She brought the light where ever she went.
Melanie Spiller
January 4, 2015
Many thanks to Margriet for her patience, love, and guidance with each and every one of us who were fortunate to have been taught by her. She was truly an inspiration. A musical archaelogist who brought medieval music to life. She will be dearly missed.
Trish Cline
January 4, 2015
Thanks for all the music, Margriet. We will miss you.
Anne Bergsma
January 4, 2015
I am so glad I was able to intersect with your brilliance, if only for a brief time many years ago. Your influence is still felt, and I'm grateful to have known you.
Susannah Edmonds
January 4, 2015
Thank you Margriet for your inspiration, warmth, fun, hospitality, and for teaching me how to open an American beer bottle.
Elizabeth Liddle
January 4, 2015
Thank you Margriet for all that you have done, the music you gave us, and the inspiration you provided to us all. You will be deeply missed.
Susan Peterman
January 4, 2015
Thank you Margriet for your amazing teaching and your generosity and warmth as a colleague and friend. I will miss you so much.
Elisabeth Reed
January 4, 2015
No words. Just silent echoes of years and years of beautiful music. And tear-stained memories of exuberance, joy and generosity.
Peggy Monroe
January 4, 2015
It was a joy and privilege to be a member of the Medieval Women's Choir. Margriet exuded love for medieval music, for the early music community and for each and every member of the choir over the 25 years it has been in existence. She gave of herself to us up to the very last days of her life that we might gain some knowledge that we could pass on and in this way keep the music alive. I will never forget her and will cherish her in my heart forever.
Wendy Raskind
January 4, 2015
Margriet rehearsing with Marian Seibert and Shira Kammen, March 2014
We have lost a best friend, teacher, mentor,choir leader , colleague and great cook, all these descriptions represent my family's loss after 30 years for Peter and me and at least 20 for our daughter Marian Seibert. Ellen Seibert
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