A Peek into my Life in Music:
MM, The New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, 1995
BA, Northwestern University, Chicago, 1982
American Association for Music Therapy Supervision, 1992-1994
Private Studio Instructor since 1985
Adjunct Faculty, Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield, MO,
Adjunct Faculty, University of Alaska, Mat-Su College, 1997-2005
Instructor, Alaska City Folk Arts, since 1998
Instructor, Yiddish Institute of Folk Arts, New York, since 1995
Ensemble Instructor, The New England Conservatory, 1994-95
Instructor, Boston Music Educational Collaborative, 1994-95
Workshop and Festival Presentations:
Home School Field Trips:
Piano, Flute, Saxophone, Native American Flute,
Music Theory, Southwest Missouri, 2005-present
Native American Flute, Alaska, Missouri, 2004-present
Anchorage Folk Festival, Anchorage, Alaska, 1993-present
Improvisation for Everybody, Europe & USA, 1983-present
Yiddish Music, Europe, New Zealand, & USA, 1993-present
Bilingual Multi-Educational Conference, Anchorage, 1997
American Association for Music Therapy, Pocono, NJ, 1993
Native American Flute
Andrew Markus has extensive experience
performing and teaching on all his primary and secondary instruments
Andrew Markus has performed professionally on several instruments in many musical
genres for more than 25 years. He has performed Classical, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Salsa, Brazilian,
Greek, Free Improvisation, Japanese, Celtic, Folk, East European, Klezmer and
Native American Flute in Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, and the United States.
Here are three of Andrew Markus' favorites out of his long and varied performance career:
The Alaska Klezmer Duo & Native American Flute, Thorncrown Chapel,
Eureka Springs, Arkansas, 2005
National Flute Association, Gala Opening Concert, Atlanta, 1999
Satta Reggae World Beat, Iwo Jima, 1989
Freylakhs for Two-The Alaska Klezmer Duo (2003)
Markus Bishko and The Alaska Klezmer Band (1996)
Two as One-Songs of Japan (2001)
Andrew Markus recorded two Reggae albums with Satta, and has made numerous
guest appearances on other recordings as a studio musician.
Upcoming Recording Projects:
Affirmation: spiritual Jazz songs
Holobinko: Native American Flute
Andrew Markus performs and records many of his own compositions.
The Anchorage Civic Orchestra and the Mat-Su Community Band have performed his large ensemble works.
Andrew Markus Bishko, MM was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1960, and grew up studying flute and piano in the Western Classical
As an undergraduate at Northwestern University, his interests turned to literature and languages. After receiving his B.A. in
Humanities, Markus lived in Italy for 2 years-first as a producer of children's puppet theater in Sardinia then as a childcare tutor in
Rome, where he studied ceramic sculpture and art history. He returned to music to fund his travel as an improvising street musician.
Upon his return to the U.S.A., Markus continued to travel, perform and record with SATTA, a reggae/world-beat band in the States,
Europe, East Asia, and the South Pacific. During this period he composed, arranged and recorded in world-beat styles, and gigged with
various salsa, afro-pop and blues bands.
After moving to Alaska in 1990, Andrew Markus developed a residential music therapy program with chronically mentally ill adults,
as well as individual work with emotionally disturbed and developmentally disabled adolescents. The American Association for Music
Therapy published his paper on this work, and Markus presented at the AAMT national conference in 1994.
At New England Conservatory, Andrew Markus received his Master's degree in Third Stream Studies-- a program based on extensive
multicultural ear training and development of personal style through improvisation. Among the extraordinary experiences at NEC were
flute studies with Abby Rabinovitz, Gaspar Hoyos, and John Heiss; development of personal style with Ran Blake; Jazz improvisation
with John McNeil; free improvisation with Scott Sandvik and Masashi Haradi; theory and composition with Joseph Maneri and George
Andrew Markus is especially indebted to the mentorship of Hankus Netsky in his rediscovery of klezmer music. In 1996 he released
"Markus Bishko & The Alaska Klezmer Band." "Freylakhs for Two-The Alaska Klezmer Duo" (with pianist Alexander Zlatkovski) was
released in 2004. The National Flute Association invited Markus to perform klezmer flute in the Gala Opening Concert of their 1999
From 1997 to 2005, Andrew Markus taught Music, Humanities, and Italian classes at Matanuska-Susitna College and the University
of Alaska-Anchorage, where he was involved extensively in developing listening skills-based music curriculum and methodologically-
based multi-cultural humanities curriculum.
While maintaining a vibrant performance, recording, and composition career, Andrew Markus has devoted his creativity to the art of
teaching music. He has built a successful private studio maintaining the ideals of individualized instruction addressing the musical
needs and desires of each student. His students are free to choose a variety of instruments & subjects, (flute, saxophone, piano, recorder,
Native American flute, accordion, theory, composition, improvisation, and more), styles (Classical, jazz/dixieland, blues, gospel,
klezmer, Celtic, American folk, original songs & compositions, popular, Jewish, Christian, etc.) and modes of instruction (private
lessons, group classes, classical ensembles, bands…)-and then challenged to reach their full potential.
Andrew Markus continues to grow and develop his own musical interests. Recently he has adopted the Native American flute and
applied his improvisational experience to performing, recording and teaching with this instrument.
A quote from Andrew Markus:
Music in its many forms connects us to our own souls, and our higher Soul. I can tangibly feel how the spiritual energy of music feeds
that connection in my students and in myself. Together we approach our music, and ourselves with a heightened sense of reverence and
joy that is truly refreshing to the spirit, and, I believe, thus paves the way to open our connection with the Divine.
Curriculum Vitae & Biography