Thomas James ‘Tom’ Lindsay, 81, violinist and master of Applebaum String Method

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Thomas James Lindsay
Thomas James Lindsay

Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Thomas James ‘Tom’ Lindsay, 81, was called home to our Lord Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. He was born May 13, 1935.

He was preceded in death his brother, John (Jack) Lindsay of Mantua, N.J.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Alice; children, Margie Thomas (Tom Thomas) of Edison N.J., Paul (Susan Dermer) of Mechanicsville, Va., and Robert of Williamsburg, Va.; grandchildren, Bridget, Tyler, Brian, Ryan, Christina and Victoria; and sister, Anne Colofranson of Sewell, N.J.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Bede Catholic Church at 2 p.m. Friday, March 3, at 2 p.m. with burial in the columbarium at the church. A memorial service will be held at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, Metuchen, N.J.

Tom was a violinist in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for 35 years, and of the Dallas Symphony, concertmaster of the New Jersey Pops Orchestra, the Atlantic Symphonette, the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, the Millennium Symphony Orchestra, Symphonicity, the FAME Festival Orchestra and first violinist of the Paganiniana and Berlin String Quartets.

A passionate teacher and string clinician, he was a member of the applied music faculty of VCU, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Morris College. He taught master classes at numerous universities throughout the U.S., including Yale University.

He and his wife, Alice, founded the South Jersey Youth Orchestra, The International FAME Festival, The Cherry Hill Philharmonic and the Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra (TIO). He served as president of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Board of Directors and artistic adviser to three conductors of the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall.

His collaboration with Samuel Applebaum on ‘The Art and Science of String Performance’ (pub. Alfred) made him the leading authority of the Applebaum String Method.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Music Ministry at Saint Bede, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg; or the Loyola University Orchestra, attention, Dr. Jean Montes, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118.

The TIO concert, scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, March 5, will be performed as planned at the Kaplan Parish Hall at Saint Bede. The concert is free and open to the public.