Long Bio

Tammy-Jo Mortensen completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Alberta under Marnie Giesbrecht and a Master of Music degree in pipe organ performance at McGill University with John Grew and Rejean Poirier.   She has an extensive church music background in many denominations.  In Edmonton, she has been the Director of Music at Robertson-Wesley United Church since 2003.  Previously she was the Assistant Organist at Avonmore United, the Co-Organist at Chalmers United, and organist at McClure United.  Tammy-Jo also held the job as Music Director at St. Thomas' Anglican Church in Sherwood Park for 5 years from 1998-2003.    While in Montreal she was organist and sessional instructor at the Presbyterian College, the organist at St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church, and was very involved at Christ Church Cathedral as a chorister for the Thursday plainsong evensong group as well as the Sunday evensong services, and also assisting with organ duties occasionally.
 
She has performed solo and chamber recitals in Alberta (Edmonton, Calgary & Lacombe), Ontario (Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Owen Sound, Thunder Bay & Orillia), Quebec (Montreal), Nova Scotia (Halifax & Antigonish) and in the US (Denver, Colorado).  Most recently, she has performed solo recitals in Denmark and performed in England.  As a conductor she was chosen as the Canadian conductor for the International Handbell Symposium in Jeju, Korea in 2014.  Tammy-Jo has been recorded by CBC radio and television.  In 2009, she released her first CD as conductor of the Choir of Robertson-Wesley, the Robertson-Wesley Ringers, and organ solos.  For more information please see the "Recordings" page.

Tammy-Jo is a champion of Canadian music, making sure that wherever she goes performing, conducting, or lecturing, she takes Canadian music with her to spread the news of our very fine Canadian composers!

In addition to her organ degrees, Tammy-Jo completed the graduate choral conducting program (M. Mus.) at the University of Alberta in 2014 under Leonard Ratzlaff and Debra Cairns. 
 
In January 2012, she began a position for the United Church of Canada as Music Editor of Gathering Magazine.
 
She teaches privately and is the harpsichordist for the Alberta Baroque Ensemble.