Christina Reitz

School of Music
Assistant 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: 

  • “Fannie Bloomfield-Zeisler: Concert Pianist Battling Gender Lines in the Early 20th Century," International Journal of Arts and Commerce, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2012).
  • "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
  • “Appalachian Ballads: Educating America’s Girls,” International Alliance for Women in Music Congress, Flagstaff, AZ, 2011
  •  “Foster’s Ethiopian Songs: An Ally for Abolistionists,” College Music Society, National Conference, Richmond, VA, 2011
  • "Marching to a Different Drummer: Higdon's Concerto for Orchestra," International Alliance for Women in Music Journal, 2008
  • "Stephen Foster's Politically Inspired Music," James Buchanan Foundation, Lancaster, PA, 2008
  • "Review: The Singing Rooms and Concerto 4-3 by Jennifer Higdon," International Alliance for Women in Music Journal, 2008



Christina L. Reitz received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 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 current research interests are female composers with specific focus on the works of Jennifer Higdon.  She has presented her findings at the College Music Society National Conference, the 19th Century Studies Association, the International Festival of Women Composers, and has been published in the International Alliance for Women in Music Journal.  At the present time, she is serving on the Board of Directors for the 19th Century Studies Association.

An active pianist, Dr. Reitz continues to perform as a collaborative and solo pianist.  She recently has presented lecture recitals for the International Festival of Women Composers and for the James Buchanan Foundation. 


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