Margriet Tindemans Early Strings Scholarship

The Margriet Tindemans Early Strings Scholarship was established by Early Music America in 2018 to honor the life and work of the late Margriet Tindemans (1951-2014), a master of early stringed instruments and a shining figure in the field of early music. The Scholarship will provide support for graduate study outside North America that focuses on medieval, Renaissance, or baroque stringed instruments.

The biennial Scholarship will be awarded to a dedicated student whose proposal reflects originality, versatility, and depth and breadth of study. Proposals may include advanced study of one or more languages and relevant historical culture. Applicants must demonstrate a high degree of musical accomplishment in order to be considered.

2019-2020 Recipient: Alexander Baker

Alexander Baker graduates in May 2019 from the University of Michigan with an M.M. in viola da gamba, and modern and baroque cello. “The Margriet Tindemans Early Strings Scholarship is giving me the incredible opportunity to broaden my education outside the U.S.,” Alex said, “and thanks to the Scholarship and Early Music America, I can look forward to studying early music in the Netherlands. I’m grateful and honored to be affiliated with such an outstanding organization, and I look forward to returning to the U.S. to share my experiences and bridge early music practices here and abroad.”

Alex will attend the Royal Conservatory of the Hague to study viola da gamba with Professor Mieneke van der Velden and plans to conduct his research on the topic of ornamentation, with study of the existing primary sources to examine how ornamentation practices varied by region.

Alex has a B.M. in Cello Performance and a B.A. in German Language & Literature from Oberlin College & Conservatory, where he was introduced to the viola da gamba by Professor Catharina Meints, and with whom he has continued to study.

The 2019-2020 application is closed. Applications for 2021-2022 will be available beginning Fall of 2020 and the Scholarship will be awarded in the Spring of 2021.


  • Applicants should have graduated with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in music, or be due to graduate in the spring of 2020. The Scholarship is intended for students who are at the beginning of their career. Students who are studying abroad at the time of making application, and are seeking continuation of funding, may apply. This is contingent upon approval of their course of study.  However, priority will be given to applicants who have yet to study abroad.
  • Applicants must be permanently based in North America.
  • Early Music America membership is required of all applicants.
    • (Historical performance students qualify for a one-year complimentary student membership. Please for more information.)

Materials to be submitted

  • Completed application form
  • Personal statement, not to exceed 1,000 words
  • Detailed budget for your proposed course of study
  • Resume 
  • Online video with three contrasting samples of your musicianship, not to exceed 15 minutes total in length. (The judges’ main consideration is to clearly hear the work of the candidate, to be able to judge your sound, musicality, understanding of language and creative ideas.)
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers or other professionals familiar with your qualifications for this Scholarship.


Covered Expenses

  • Tuition and fees for a one-year course of study
  • Language and cultural study programs, if applicable
  • Living expenses
  • Project-related travel expenses, including round-trip transportation
  • Reasonable miscellaneous expenses (to be detailed in applicant’s proposed budget)

Expenses not covered

  • Purchase, repair, or insurance of instruments
  • Personal medical expenses incurred abroad
  • Visas and residence permits, if required[
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