Founding Artistic Director

Margriet Tindemans, Founding Artistic Director

(March 26, 1951–December 31, 2014)

A long-time leader in Seattle’s early music scene, Margriet Tindemans not only led the Medieval Women’s Choir for 25 years as the Founding Artistic Director; she performed, recorded, and taught early music on four continents.

A player of early stringed instruments, from the medieval fiddle and rebec to baroque viola and viola da gamba, she studied with Weiland Kuijken. Margaret has been called a rare combination of charismatic performing artist and inspiring teacher. She was a scholar with a profound knowledge of the music, poetry and art of the Middle Ages—“a national treasure.”

Here are some of the most touching tributes to Margriet that came from some of her closest colleagues and friends.

Awards and Honors

  • Grammy Nomination, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson: Handel Arias
  • Prix d’Excellence, Confédération Musicale de France
  • Second Prize, International Recorder Ensemble Competition


  • Sequentia (Founding Member)
  • Huelgas Ensemble (Founding Member)
  • Folger Consort
  • Newberry Consort
  • Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
  • Pacific MusicWorks
  • The King’s Noyse
  • Medieval Strings
  • Seattle Baroque Orchestra
  • Seattle Opera
  • National Dutch Opera


  • Accademia d’Amore
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • University of Washington
  • Northwest Center for Early Music Studies
  • Port Townsend Early Music Workshop
  • Pacific Northwest Viols Workshop

Selected Discography

  • Dawn of Joy: Songs and Dances of 14th Century Italy, Magnatune, 2012
  • Le Jeu d’Amour: The Game of Love in Medieval France, Apex, 2011
  • Provence Mystique: Sacred Songs of the Middle Ages, Apex, 2011
  • Troubadour Songs, Camerata Mediterranea, Erato, 2010
  • Lorraine Hunt Lieberson: Handel Arias, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Avie, 2004
  • Philippe de Chancelier: Ecole de Notre Dame, Sequentia, DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 2004
  • 900 Years: The Music of Hildegard von Bingen, Sequentia, DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 1998
  • New Fashions of London Circa 1500, Redbyrd, CRD Records, 1998
  • Cantigas from the Court of Dom Dinis, Theatre of Voices, Harmonia Mundi, 1995
  • Hildegard von Bingen: Symphoniae, Sequentia, RCA, 1989