Christina Reitz

School of Music
Associate Professor, Music History


Phone: 828-227-2151
Office Address: Belk 308E


Ph.D., University of Florida-Gainesville, 2007

M.M., University of Florida-Gainesville, 2002

B.M., Youngstown State University, 2000

Selected Publications and Presentations:

“Cold Mountain: An Appalachian Operatic Odyssey”  Society for American Music Annual Conference, Boston 2016.

“Ole Bull and the Ill-Fated Norwegian-American Colony,” College Music Society’s International Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland, 2015

“Fletcher’s Omaha Music Collection: Select Analysis and Subsequent Influence in Post-Romantic America” at the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, Boston, 2015

“Information Literacy in Music History: Fostering Success in Teaching and Learning,” co-authored with Alessia Zanin-Yost, Journal of Library Administration, 2014
"'Monster Concerts’: Gottschalk’s Brobdingagian South American Festivals”  College Music Society’s International Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013.

"The Sacred Concert Hall: Meira Warshauer's Orchestral Works," International Alliance for Women in Music Journal, Volume 17, 2 (2011).

"Defining the indefinable: The Leschitizky Method in Vienna and Chicago,” American Music Teacher

"Higdon, Jennifer,” Grove Music Online/Oxford Music Online

"Marching to a Different Drummer: Higdon's Concerto for Orchestra," International Alliance for Women in Music Journal, 2008


Christina L. Reitz received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in historical musicology with external cognates in piano performance and women’s studies. Previous degrees include an M.M. in Piano Pedagogy (University of Florida) and a B.M. in Piano Performance (Youngstown State University).

Her research interests are primarily female composers/musicians with  focus on the works of Pulitzer Prize winner, Jennifer Higdon; a book on Higdon is scheduled for publication in August 2017 with McFarland Press. Reitz has presented her findings at the College Music Society International and National Conferences, the 19th Century Studies Association's Conferences, the International Festival of Women Composers, and has been published in the Grove Music Online (GMO), Grove Dictionary of American Music, The American Music Teacher, The Journal of Library Administration, and International Alliance for Women in Music Journal.  She has served two terms on the Board of Directors for the 19th Century Studies Association, served as local arrangements chair for their 2012 conference in Asheville, NC, and is currently the chair of their publicity committee.  

Her students have presented their research at the Undergrad Expo, the WCU Gender Conference, and at peer-reviewed conferences including the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and the Nineteenth Century Studies Association.

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