Christine started studying piano with her mother at age 4. She went on to obtain degrees in piano performance from the University of Minnesota and the University of Arizona where she studied with world renowned pianist Ozan Marsh.
She has performed in master classes for Gian Carlos Menotti, Johanna Harris, and Johnathan Wustman.
After serving in the U.S. Air Force Band for 7 years, she went on to teach at several universities including: Washington and Webster Universities in St. Louis, Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota and most recently at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Equally at home with jazz and pop genres, Christine has recorded at Universal Studios in Chicago and Capitol Records in Hollywood.
Christine has 3 boys and her husband Barry is the assistant director of the USAF Academy drum and bugle corps in Colorado Springs.
She loves teaching students of all ages and is a member of MTNA, National Piano Guild, Jazz Educators Network and the Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The daughter of two musicians, Christine Hitt started her recording career with the MAXJAZZ record label in 1999. During her time in St. Louis as a jazz vocalist and pianist, Christine recorded and performed with Ugonna Okegwo, Bruce Barth, Montez Coleman, Peter Mayer, and Tom Kennedy, among others. Her solo CD You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To features drummer Jeff Hamilton and bassist Tom Kennedy. The recording received international distribution and airplay. It can be heard on music streaming services for Sirius XM, Direct TV, Nordstroms, Gap, Olive Garden and American Airlines. Her July 2018 release Magical Kite was recorded at Capitol studios and was produced by Geoffrey Keezer and features Jeff Hamilton, John Beasley, Bob Sheppard, and Gene Coye
As a pop vocalist, Christine has recorded jingles for companies including Maxwell House, Anheuser Busch, Circle K and Ramada Inn. She has backed Marylin McCoo, Darius Rucker and been a member of one of Modern Bride’s top wedding bands The Confidentials.
As an arranger, her work can be heard on Sony BMG Blue Mood 3, Susie Thorne- Blue Skies Clear Day, Tom Kennedy- Capri Records Just Play, MXJ301 Holiday CD and MXJ107 You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To.
Passionate about music education, Hitt has taught vocal and instrumental jazz at Washington University, Webster University, Concordia College, North Dakota State University, MNState Moorhead and Iowa Western Community College where she was the Director of Instrumental Music. Her students and ensembles have performed at the 24th, 27th and 35th annual IAJE Conventions. Christine's private vocal jazz students have won downbeat awards and currently perform with the London Contemporary Voices and the USAF Singing Sergeants. Other jazz artists she has had the pleasure of performing with include: Hubert Laws, Sylvia McNair, Slide Hampton, Lauren Sevian, Steve Smith, Justin Kisor and Curtis Fuller.
Colorado Springs, Colorado