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In Memory March 08, 2024

In Memory of Joyce Linde

Joyce Linde, BSO Board member, generous philanthropist and arts advocate who was instrumental in the founding of the Tanglewood Learning Institute, died on March 8, 2024

We regret to share the very sad news of Joyce Linde’s passing. Joyce was a beloved BSO Trustee, a generous philanthropist, and a passionate advocate for the arts in Boston and the Berkshires.

For nearly half a century, Joyce enjoyed a close relationship with the BSO as a subscriber and dedicated Tanglewood patron, attending concerts with her beloved husband Ed. They especially shared a deep love of Tanglewood, inspired as much by the musical performances as by the beauty and grandeur of the Tanglewood estate, where they often walked the grounds long after audiences had departed.

When Ed passed in 2010, Joyce picked up the mantle of service to the BSO and became an effective and respected member of the Board of Trustees. She was a voice for all constituencies at the board table, but especially the orchestra and staff. Her perspective as a trustee was invaluable – she was inclusive and decisive, aspirational and authentic.

Joyce was deeply committed to fostering a broader understanding of music and the arts. From this passion grew the vision of the Tanglewood Learning Institute, which manifested in the building of the Linde Center for Music and Learning. Joyce led the planning and design for this transformative complex, which opened in 2019. The Linde Center broadened the scope of Tanglewood to become a true beacon for artistic dialogue and exploration. Studio E of the Linde Center celebrates Ed’s commitment to building a strong community of artistic innovation and intellectual collaboration.

Joyce was particularly inspired by the young musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center and took great delight in following the careers of the many fellows she sponsored over the years. She cared deeply about these aspiring artists as individuals and quietly created opportunities for them to thrive and flourish while at Tanglewood. It was kind gestures like these that endeared her to all.

Joyce was equally present at Symphony Hall in Boston, faithfully attending concerts every week. She enjoyed a broad range of musical styles and championed the work of young composers. In addition to BSO performances, Joyce frequented lectures, chamber music performances, and events, and supported the many educational and community programs offered by the BSO.

Above all, for those of us who had the honor of knowing her, Joyce Linde will be remembered as a kind, gracious, and humble presence. Her legacy is enormous, and we will miss her dearly.