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Christina L. Reitz

Christina Reitz


David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts

School of Music

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2151
Office: 308 E Belk Building


Christina L. Reitz received a BM in Piano Performance from the Dana School of Music where she was the recipient of the Mary P. Rigo Award for Outstanding Keyboard Major. She earned an MM in piano pedagogy and a Ph.D. in historical musicology, with cognates in women’s studies and piano performance at the University of Florida where she received the John V. D’Albora Scholarship for Excellence in Graduate Research as well as the Outstanding Student Paper Award from the College Music Society, Southern Chapter.<br><br>Dr. Reitz’s first monograph <i>Jennifer Higdon: Composing in Color</i><i> (2018)</i>, was awarded the 2020 Pauline Alderman Award Book Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in Music from the International Alliance for Women in Music; the work was described as “well-conceived and richly executed” with its “stellar precision in music theoretic analysis.” The work was also nominated for the American Musicology Society’s Music in American Culture Award and the ASCAP Foundation’s Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award. The reviewer for the <i>Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal</i> opined that the “opening chapter offers many fascinating insights into Higdon’s background and work […] The individual chapters devoted to her compositions are equally informative […] In sum, <i>Jennifer Higdon: Composing in Color</i> is a fine introduction to Higdon’s music.”<br><br>Dr. Reitz has been nominated for the Faculty of the Year Award and twice for the Excellence in Teaching Liberal Studies Award.<br>She is a volunteer with the Adult Day Program at the Jackson County Department of Aging and St. Joseph Academy in Maggie Valley, NC.<br><br><br><br>


  • Ph D, University of Florida
  • MM, University of Florida
  • BM, Youngstown State University

Teaching Interests

Dr. Reitz currently teaches Music History I and II, American music, and upper level music literature courses. An essential aspect of Dr. Reitz’s teaching philosophy is information literacy in music scholarship. Under her mentorship, students have presented their research at the WCU Research and Scholarship Celebration (and its predecessor the Undergraduate Expo), the Graduate Research Symposium, the WCU Gender Conference, WCU Fall Humanities Conference, National Conferences on Undergraduate Research, and the SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum. Her students have also penned the program notes for the WCU Wind Ensemble and the Artist-in-Residence Orchestra.

Research Interests

Dr. Reitz’s interests are women in American music. Besides the Higdon monograph, she authored the Caroline Shaw chapter in <i>Women Making Art: Women in the Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts since 1960</i> (2<sup>nd</sup> ed). Peer-reviewed articles/entries include the <i>North Carolina Literary Review, IAWM Journal, Journal of Library Administration,</i><i> Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart</i><i> and Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Online</i>. She has presented at numerous conferences including the Nineteenth Century Studies Association and the Society for American Music. Non-peer reviewed entries for the public include <i>Women: Our Story</i> and<i> The Classical Music Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained</i>.

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