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Wendy M

Wendy Markosky

Chair, Music
Professor of Music
(403) 782-3381  x 4079

Office location: West Hall


DM Organ Performance & Literature with Minor Fields: Music Theory & Baroque Studies, Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Music (1999)
MM Organ Performance & Literature with Cognate Field: Church Music, Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Music (1992)
BM Organ Performance, Union College (1990)

Areas of Expertise

Organ Performance
Music Theory
Musicianship Skills (Aural and Keyboard Skills)
Music History
Harpsichord Performance
Organ Improvisation


Wendy Markosky is Professor of Music and music department co-chair at Burman University and she also serves as organist of the university church. Prior to coming to Burman, as a graduate student she was an associate instructor in of music theory department, music director/organist at two Presbyterian and Lutheran churches, studied harpsichord and carillon, and served as organist of Indiana University’s Beck Chapel. 

Dr. Markosky is active in concerts, adjudications, masterclasses and workshops. She has participated in the national Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) as a clinician, performer, and has been a jury member for several national RCCO organ competitions. She has presented workshops and recitals for the “Travelling Clinician” program of the RCCO, been a teaching faculty of the American “Pipe Organ Encounters” program, and done organ and harpsichord workshops for both adults and youth, as well as lecturing on various topics including baroque performance practice and ornamentation. During several summers she engaged in research, study, and performance on a number of important Baroque organs in north Germany and France. She has also done summer harpsichord studies in Austria and England. In addition to solo engagements as an organist and harpsichordist, Dr. Markosky regularly performs collaboratively with several early music groups in Alberta, and is organist/harpsichordist for the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra and for Rosa Barocca Ensemble.

Current Research or Professional Activities

  • Collaborative performances in early music with Early Music Alberta series, Rosa Barocca ensemble, and Early Music Voices/Calgary series (harpsichord, organ)
  • Solo performances of Baroque through modern repertoire in Canada and the US (organ, harpsichord)
  • Research on seventeenth-century north German organist/composer Matthias Weckmann: stylistic and structural analysis of the free organ/harpsichord works
  • Adjudication (local, provincial, national festivals and RCCO certificates/diplomas)
  • Masterclasses (organ, harpsichord, Baroque keyboard fingering and technique, Baroque repertoire, hymn playing, church/concert repertoire, et al.)


Selected Performances and Professional Activities


21 November 2020

Harpsichordist; German Baroque Arias & Cantatas

With Dawn Bailey (soprano), Roderick Bryce (baritone), Naomi Delafield (baroque violin), Josephine Van Lier (baroque cello); Early Music Alberta series

Edmonton, AB

            Arias Flammende Rose…; Süsse Stille…; Meine Seele hört im Sehen, G. F. Handel

            Cantata Der Friede sei mit Dir, BWV 158, J. S. Bach

            Cantata Jesu führe meine Seele, J. C. Graupner

            Duets Tacete, ohimè, tacete; Che vai pensando, G. F. Handel


11 May 2019


Rosa Barocca Ensemble with guest artist Elinor Frey, cello;

Red Deer Symphony Orchestra main series concert

Red Deer, AB

            Music of the Italian Baroque


4 May 2019


Early Music Voices & Rosa Barocca Ensemble

With guest artists from Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver

Calgary, AB

            Vespers of 1610, Monteverdi


19 April 2019


Luminous Voices Ensemble & Rosa Barocca Ensemble

Bella Performing Arts Centre, Mount Royal University

Calgary, AB

            The Passion According to St. John, J. S. Bach


24 February 2019


String Theory Ensemble & Alberta Ballet

“Music of the French Baroque”

Calgary, AB

            Terpsichore Dances (1612): Gavotte, Courante, Spagnoletta, Volte, M. Praetorius

            Armonico Tributo: Sonata da Camera No. 5 (1682), G. Muffat

            Suite No. 2 in G Minor: Fantaisie, Gavotte, M. Marais

            Concerto Comique No. 25, “La Furstemberg” Variations, M. Corrette

            “Les Saisons”: Air pour Mme. La Dauphine, J-B. Lully

            Floriligium Primum: Impatentia Sarabande, G. Muffat

            Ballet des Muses: Chaconne, J-B. Lully

            Deuxième Air: Giourdina, J-B. Lully

            Les Petits Concerts de Paris: Villagoise, Romance, Anonymous (Anthology of Antoine Bailleux)

            Les Concerts Royaux, Deuxième: Prélude Gracieusement, Echos Tendrement, F. Couperin


10 November 2018


Red Deer Symphony Orchestra main series concert

Red Deer, AB

            Requiem, Fauré


28 October 2018


Early Music Voices and String Theory ensemble; with Kathryn Hill, soprano (Toronto); Julie Harris, soprano (Calgary); Paul Grindlay, bass (Calgary)

Calgary, AB

            Sonata “Cupid & Psyche”, Mascitti

            T’amo mia vita, Luzzaschi

            Concertato A Dio Florida bello (Monteverdi); Dominus illuminatio, Merula

            Al lume delle stele, Monteverdi

            Aura soave, Luzzaschi

            Wir gläuben alle Gott, Schütz

            Iss dein Brot mit Frueden, Schütz

            Exaudiat te Dominus, Schein

            La Caravaggia – Canzone a 2 violini, Merula

            De la Ballezzo, Monteverdi

            Chiome d’oro, Monteverdi

            Euridice (excerpt from Act I), Peri


4 July 2018                                                                                                                

Organ (solo)

National Convention of Royal Canadian College of Organists

Ahrend Organ, Rozca Centre, University of Calgary

Calgary, AB

            Praeludium in G Minor (No. 3), Franz Tunder

            Tabulatura nova, Part III (1624): Modus Ludendi Pleno Organo Pedaliter A 6. Voc., Samuel Scheidt

            Hymnus De Adventu A 4. Voc: Veni redemptor gentium (verses 2-5), Samuel Scheidt

            Aria (with variations), BuxWV 246, Dieterich Buxtehude

            Sonata No. 5 in C Major, BWV 529: Largo, J. S. Bach

            Concerto in G Major: Minuetto Allegro, William Hayes

            Praeludium in D Minor, Vincent Lübeck

            Partita Jesus Christus, unser Heiland…, Op. 8/3 (1938), Hugo Distler


5 May 2018                                                                                                                


Early Music Alberta concert, with guest artists from Alberta and the Netherlands

“The Stylus Phantasticus”

Edmonton, AB

            Passacaglia in D minor, BuxWV 161, D. Buxtehude 

            Aus der Tieffen (Geistlicher Harmonien, 1665), C. Bernhard 

            Sonata IV a cinque, H. Biber

            Sonata V (Hortus Musicus), J. A. Reincken 

            Ach, dass ich hören sollte, J. Thiele

            Ciacona, BuxWV 160, D. Buxtehude 

            Es ist genug, Cantata Liebster Gott vergisstu mich!, C. Graupner

            Sonata VI (“trio”), VII Sunoate à doi, op. 1, D. Buxtehude

            Sonate für Violine, Fagott und Basso continuo, J. Schmelzer

            Ach Herr, lass deine lieben Engelein, F. Tunder

            O felicissimus paradysi aspectus, Geistliches Konzert, J. Rosenmüller


15 April 2018

Harpsichordist; Early Music Voices concert series

Voicescapes ensemble and Rosa Barocca ensemble

Calgary, AB

            Cantata BWV 106 “Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit”, J. S. Bach

            Magnificat in D Major, J. S. Bach


15 March 2018

Harpsichordist ; Choral main series concert

Luminous Voices ensemble and Rosa Barocca ensemble

Calgary, AB

            Alexander’s Feast, G. F. Handel


6 June 2017


Calgary, AB

  1. Fellowship diploma examination, Royal Canadian College of Organists
  2. Service Playing certificate examination, Royal Canadian College of Organists


11 March 2017           

Harpsichordist; main series concert

Red Deer Symphony Orchestra

Red Deer        

            Antiche danze et arie per liuto, Suite No. 2, O. Respighi


13 November 2016

Organ (solo)

Andrews University

Berrien Springs, MI USA

            Variations sur “In dulci jubilo” (1992), Denis Bédard

            Prélude de chorale sur “Valet will ich dir geben” (1994), Gilles Maurice LeClerc

            Pièce héroïque (1878), César Franck

            Noel VII, “Chrétiens, qui suivez l’église”, Louis-Claude D’Aquin

            Rubrics (1988), Dan Locklair

            Chorale partita, Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig, BWV 768, J. S. Bach

            Le banquet céleste (1928), Olivier Messiae

            A Festive Voluntary: Variations on Good King Wenceslas (1987), Petr Eben


6 November 2016

Organist/harpsichordist; early music series

Red Deer Symphony Orchestra & and Early Music Voices, Calgary

Calgary, AB

            Orchestral Ouverture, BWV 1067, J.S. Bach

            Ode to St. Cecilia, H. Purcell


9 July 2016


Fellowship certificate examination (FRCCO), Royal Canadian College of Organists

Calgary, AB


7 February 2016

Organist/harpsichordist; early music series

Red Deer Symphony Orchestra & Voicescapes

Calgary, AB

            Dixit Dominus; Nisi Dominus; Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 2, G. F. Handel

            A Musicke Strange, M. Locke

            O Lord, I Have Sinned, J. Blow


May 2015

Lecture: “Ornamentation”

Red Deer Music Teachers’ Association

Burman University campus

Lacombe, AB


25 April 2015

Harpsichordist (collaborative and solo); main stage series

Red Deer Symphony Orchestra

Red Deer, AB

            Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6, J. S. Bach



Italian Influence in the Free Organ Works of Matthias Weckmann: Environmental Contexts and Analyses. Doctoral Dissertation. (Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Music, 1998)