Miriam Barndt-Webb, 75
BRUNSWICK — Miriam Barndt-Webb, 75, died April 17 in Brunswick.
She was born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., on May 25, 1937, the daughter of Charles Leonard and Miriam Wagoner Barndt.
Barndt-Webb held great respect for the honesty and work ethic of the people of Bucks and Chester counties where she grew up. She had a close relationship with her maternal grandmother, Lilly Brower Wagoner, whom she admired greatly. The two would make frequent trips together to Philadelphia to enjoy pastries at Wanamaker’s Crystal Tea Room. She also fondly remembered Alice Dickenson, who passed on the love and appreciation of music that became so much a part of Miriam’s life.
Barndt-Webb did her undergraduate studies at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., and at the University of Michigan. She went on to earn a master’s degree in art history and musicology at Boston University and a doctorate in musicology and art from the University Of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She also attended the Academy for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria.
Barndt-Webb guest-conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as the New England Women’s Symphony at Jordan Hall in Boston. She also appeared at the Illinois Contemporary Music Festival and made music recordings on Nonesuch and CRI. She enjoyed opera, frequently attending performances in Europe, and was an ardent fan of the Santa Fe Opera, which she attended annually.
After six years on the music faculty of Bowdoin College, Barndt-Webb made her home permanently in Brunswick, where she was a respected teacher of piano, voice and violin. She also played viola with the Mid-Coast Chamber Orchestra and English Country Dance Orchestra.
Food was another great passion of hers, and Barndt-Webb loved to entertain, preparing many old-country recipes like cassoulet and other ethnic favorites. She partnered with Greg Anderson to operate Traci Catering. Her home in Brunswick was always open to all. She also loved her pets dearly, and was an avid gardener and collector of Native American pottery.
Barndt-Webb is survived by her sister, Barbara Miller of Leicester, N.Y., and her two brothers, Charles Barndt of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Harry Steven Barndt of Naples, Fla.
A graveside service will be held May 18 at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, 39 Bonnie Brae Road, Spring City, Pa., with Pastor Paul Townsend officiating. A memorial service will be planned for the fall in Brunswick and will be announced at a later date.