Christopher Marks & John Bailey

Vesper Concerts is going back to where it all began 32 seasons ago–with an organ concert on the magnificent instrument of Presbyterian Church of the Cross. Dr. Christopher Marks and Dr. John Bailey come to us from the Glenn Korff School of Music at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and will play a concert of music for organ and flute. Both are celebrated performers and recording artists with a vast array of repertoire, and this is a collaboration you will not want to miss!


About Christopher Marks

Christopher Marks is consistently praised by reviewers for “style and assurance” and “musicality [that] seems to flow effortlessly”.  With his series of recordings of music by Seth Bingham and his many performances on historic American instruments, he has gained a reputation as an expert in American organ music old and new.

“Marks played wonderfully … humorously” – The American Organist

“Marks … played … with great élan. … Marks is a rapidly rising young star … who performed with great style and assurance.” – The Diapason

“A sparkling performance” – The American Organist

“[Marks’] recital … may have been the most successful of the [2007 Region II AGO] convention” – The American Organist

“Throughout this disc of really interesting and frequently quite difficult music, Marks changes tonal color with panache and alacrity. His musicality seems to flow effortlessly.”  The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, reviewing Organ Music of Seth Bingham, Vol. 2


Christopher Marks Online


About John Bailey

Dr. John Bailey is Richard H. Larson Distinguished Professor of Music and a member of the Moran Woodwind Quintet, resident faculty quintet at the Glenn Korff School of Music. He is principal flutist with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, with which he has appeared as concerto soloist on numerous occasions, most recently in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.  Since 2005 he is also Director of UNL’s annual summer Chamber Music Institute.

He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, where he studied with James Pellerite. Both his masters and doctorate were earned at Northwestern University, where he was assistant to Walfrid Kujala. He also studied at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria, with Louis Rivière, piccoloist of the Vienna Philharmonic. From 1982 to 1996, he was program annotator for the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, where he was also co-principal flutist with the festival’s orchestra.

Bailey is an active recitalist, lecturer and masterclass teacher.  He has performed at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; the Chicago Public Library Cultural Center (as part of the Dame Myra Hess series); Unity Temple, Oak Park, IL; numerous universities throughout the US; at many flute festivals, including Rochester, NY, Pittsburgh, Hot Springs, Norman, OK, Raleigh, NC, and St. Louis; and in recital in Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, and England. With the Moran Woodwind Quintet he has toured throughout the Midwest and released a series of recordings on the Crystal label–The Wind Chamber Music of Theodor Blumer, Vols. 1-3. The third, released in December, 2007, contains one final quintet and three works for flute and piano. Bailey has discovered further gems by Blumer and is planning a fourth recording. His recording of American masterworks on the Centaur label (works by Ran, Larsen, La Montaine, Persichetti, Snyder and Heiden) is forthcoming. He has conducted the International Flute Orchestra (35 professional flutists and teachers) on tour in Greece, Chile, China, Spain, Italy, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Croatia, Turkey, the Baltic Republics, and Russia. He was President of the National Flute Association in 2003-2004 and program chair of the annual NFA convention in August, 2002 in Washington, D.C. He is a past president of the Beta Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda and of the Great Plains Chapter of the College Music Society.