Concert organist, church musician, and composer Margreeth Chr. de Jong graduated from the Rotterdam Conservatory (1986) with Diplomas in Church Music (including Organ Improvisation), Music Pedagogy Organ, and Organ Solo Performance, obtaining a 10 – the highest possible mark in the Netherlands. On the basis of this highly exceptional achievement, the Dutch Ministry of Welfare, Health, and Cultural Affairs awarded her thrice with a grant for further special study abroad. De Jong specialized with Guy Bovet in Switzerland, and with Jean Langlais and Marie-Louise Jaquet-Langlais at the famous Schola Cantorum in Paris, France, where she earned the Prix de Virtuosité in 1988, again with highest distinction (‘avec la mention Maximum’).
Margreeth Chr. de Jong won a First Prize at the International UFAM-Organ Competition (‘degré honneur’) in Paris, France, and another First prize at the International César Franck-Competition in Haarlem, the Netherlands. In 1994, she was awarded with the silver medallion by the Société Académique “Arts - Sciences - Lettres” in Paris in recognition of her contributions to French organ culture.
Margreeth Chr. de Jong is church musician (music director/organist) of the (Protestant) Nieuwe Kerk in Middelburg. She has performed for highly esteemed guests and dignitaries, such as the Queen of the Netherlands, Nelson Mandela, and Desmond Tutu.
As a concert organist, she has given numerous solo recitals in Western Europe. She also made a large number of recordings for radio, television, and CD’s – see CD’s.
Besides being a concert organist, church musician, and teacher (in this capacity she has also tutored a circle of students from the Netherlands and abroad, and she has given lectures/workshops to associations of organists), she is active as a composer. A number of her pieces have been published and recorded. Among her compositions for choir and organ are Psaume 42 pour Choeur et Orgue (1997), a large-scale work which has also been recorded on CD, and Psalm 23 (English text; 2001). Inspired by the ideas of US President Franklin Roosevelt, she wrote a composition for choir entitled Vrijheid (Freedom).
From 2012 on, several compositions of hers will be published by Dr. J. Butz Verlag in Bonn (with Margreeth Chr. de Jong being the first female composer in the 88 years’ history of this publishing house) and Editions de la Schola Cantorum in Switzerland. For an overview of her works as a composer, see Compositions.
In 2012 she was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen to be Ridder in the Orde van Oranje-Nassau in recognition of her contribututions to society in her capacities as church musician, concert organist, and composer.
As from January 2005, Margreeth Chr. de Jong teaches organ at University College Roosevelt, the International Honors College of Utrecht University in Middelburg.