Christine Hitt

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DMA course work, G.P.A. 4.0 2002-2003

North Dakota State University-Fargo, N.D.

-39 credits coursework and 2 recitals completed toward piano performance D.M.A.

M.M. Piano Performance, G.P.A. 4.0 1986

University of Arizona- Tucson, AZ  

-Primary study with Ozan Marsh and Richard Faith

B.M. Piano Performance, Magna cum Laude 1985

University of Minnesota- Duluth, MN


Jazz Residency May 2019

Gustavus Adolphus College-St. Peter, MN

Coached soloists, ensemble  and performed as pianist and vocalist  with vocal jazz ensemble

Accompanist/Vocal Coach  2018-2019                   

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, WI

-Accompanied voice studio, opera workshop and recitals. Performed with guest artist Sylvia McNair

Piano and Voice Instructor 2018-2019

Eau Claire School of Music-Eau Claire, WI

-Taught all levels and ages

Teaching Artist 2013-present

University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire, WI

-Subjects taught: applied vocal jazz, applied jazz piano, jazz combo

 Director of Instrumental Music 2004-2010

 Iowa Western Community College-Council Bluffs, IA

- Created the Instrumental Music and Music Technology programs. Recruited all students and conducted the pep band and jazz ensemble. Managed $70,000.00  scholarship and equipment budget annually. Supported college growth through fundraising, writing curriculum and performance tours. Hired and supervised all instrumental adjunct instructors. Brought in guest artists and clinicians. Taught jazz improvisation and jazz combo. Hosted annual jazz festival. Recruited 60 students for instrumental program during tenure.

Adjunct Instructor 

Concordia College- Moorhead, MN 2000-2001         

- Courses taught: applied piano, vocal jazz ensemble, jazz ensemble II

-Founded the vocal jazz ensemble. Recruited all students.

MN State University – Moorhead, MN 2000-2001

- Courses taught: applied piano, jazz piano, vocal jazz ensemble, substitute piano department head

Webster University-St. Louis, MO 1996-1999

- Courses taught: vocal jazz ensemble, sight singing for musical theatre majors, 

- Started the Webster University Jazz Singers and Vocal Jazz Major. Recruited all students for program. 

-Performed at International Association of Jazz Educators Conference. New Orleans 1999.

Washington University- St. Louis, Mo. 1995-1998

- Courses taught: vocal jazz Ensemble, jazz combo

Notable private Students 1993-present

Downbeat Award-winning high school jazz vocalist Hannah Gilberstadt

International acclaimed recording artist Erin Bode

Members of the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants

Members of the London Contemporary Voices

IAJE Community College All Star Jazz Ensemble Members

IAJE Sisters in Jazz pianist Cara Baldus


CD Baby Christine Hitt- Magical Kite National release date July 20, 2018

Capitol Studio B, Hollywood, CA

(Executive Producer, co-arranger with Geoffrey Keezer)

MAXJAZZ Christine Hitt, You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To #MXJ107 (pianist, vocalist, arranger) 1999

St. Louis, MO

- International distribution, reached #17 on Gavin Poll and second round of Grammy voting

- Tracks featured on Sirius XM, Direct TV, Nordstrom, GAP, Olive Garden, and American Airlines

Sony BMG #88697224132 Blue Mood 3 Compilation 2013

- Licensed “I’ve Got A Crush On You” for CD titled “Blue Mood 3”.

- Distributed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

CD Baby Susie Thorne Blue Skies, Clear Day (music director, producer, arranger, and pianist) 2008

St. Louis, MO

MAXJAZZ Holiday #MXJ301 (vocalist and arranger on 3 tracks) 2001

St. Louis, MO


University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Jazz Festival- Adjudicator   

Shell Lake Vocal Camp -Instructor  

International Music Camp- Piano Instructor

Southern Illinois University Summer Jazz Camp-Jazz Piano Instructor

University of Nebraska Lincoln Summer Jazz Workshop- Jazz Piano and Combo Instructor

University of Nebraska Omaha Great Plains Jazz Festival-Guest Artist and Adjudicator

Bellevue East High School Jazz Festival– Adjudicator

Webster University Summer Jazz Camp- Jazz Piano Instructor

Concordia College Contemporary Christian Music Workshop- Instructor

National Guild of Piano Teachers- Adjudicator

Illinois District 6 Vocal Jazz -Guest Conductor

University of MN-Duluth- Adjudicator and Guest Artist

Millard South High School Jazz Festival- Adjudicator


Director of Music  2010-2017

Central Lutheran Church- Chippewa Falls, WI

Selected all liturgy, hymns and special music for 50 plus traditional services per year. Played the organ and piano for all traditional services and funerals. Selected, arranged and rehearsed all music for 100 plus band led services per year. Maintained necessary CCLI licensing and music library for all groups. Conducted a 5 octave Malmark bell choir 9 months per year. Conducted and arranged for an adult choir and liturgy vocal leaders. Hired all professional musicians when needed and scheduled all volunteer musicians. Attended weekly staff meeting and managed a music budget of $10,000. During tenure, increased the number of volunteer musicians serving by 30. Purchased new sound equipment, drum set and updated liturgy and worship music to present day standards. Hosted the African Children’s Choir, recording artist Erin Bode and Paraphrase Theatre. Started a children’s choir and directed a children’s Christmas music annually.

Vocalist/Keyboardist 2010-2011

The Confidentials- Omaha, NE

-One of Modern Bride Magazine’s top 100 wedding bands


Worship Leader     2009-2010                  

Countryside Community Church - Omaha, NE

-Selected and arranged for band and performed special music aligned with each week’s scripture and message.

 Led all hymns and converted them to contemporary style.

                                           Tour pianist/vocalist 2002-2008                                                      

 Jay Beech Band-Nationwide

- Led worship at Lutheran Synod Conventions and ecumenical events in South Carolina, Connecticut,

 Florida, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Virginia.

Artist and Repertoire Representative 2001-2003

MAXJAZZ Record Label-St. Louis, MO

-listened to all demos and recommended artists for label consideration

Jingle Singer 1996-2003

Smith Lee Studios-St. Louis, MO

Select Clients:


Anheuser Busch

Circle K

John Deere

Ramada Inn

Maxwell House


Accompanist 2019

World Voice Day-Pablo Center for the Performing Arts- Eau Claire, WI

Eau Claire, WI

Jazz Pianist 2018

University of North Texas Jazz Vocal Camp-Denton, TX

-Accompanied soloists and ensembles directed by Greg Jasperse, Rosanna Eckert and Jennifer Barnes

Guest Artist Accompanist 2009-2010

Holland Performing Arts Center-Omaha, NE

Rehearsed /performed with the following:

Gary Mauer (Broadway Enjolras- Les Miserables)

Elizabeth Southard (Broadway Christine Phantom of the Opera)

Tiffany Haas (Broadway Glinda-Wicked)

Peter Lockyer (Broadway Chris- Miss Saigon))   

Broadway cast of the Jersey Boys  

Clay Aiken (American Idol)


Voice-  Dr. Diana Cataldi and Dr. Kenneth Pereira 2017-2018

University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

Classical piano master classes- Gian Carlo Menotti, John Wustman, Johanna Harris, Kenneth Cooper, Walter Cosand


United States Air Force Band of Mid-America 1986-1993

Performed for three U.S. Presidents and other foreign dignitaries

Tours of U.S., Central and South America

Musical Director of the show group Starlifter

Wrote variety shows, rehearsed 10 member ensemble and performed at  Scott Air Force Base Officers Club for retirements,

visiting dignitaries and command social functions.

STEP promotion to E-5

John Levitow Honor Graduate Airman Leadership School

John Levitow Honor Graduate NCO Leadership School

Military Airlift Command Bandsman of the Year


Saxophonist with:

Bill Watrous

Ernie Watts

 Tommy Newsome

 Dizzy Gillespie

 David Baker

 Toshiko Akyoshi  

 Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 

 Patti Page

 Marrilyn McCoo

Featured vocalist with:

Rufus Reid- Little Rock Jazz Festival

Hubert Laws- Great Plains Jazz Festival

Dizzy Gillespie- Scottsdale, AZ

Michael Gurcillo Big Band- Glenn Miller Jazz Festival

University of Nebraska Lincoln Jazz Ensemble

Nebraska Jazz Orchestra

Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra

Fargo-Moorhead Jazz Arts Big Band

North Dakota State University Big Band

Concordia College Big Band

University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I

University of Arizona Studio Jazz Ensemble

Dr. Hitt and Grandma’s Big Band

Bruce Barth

Pianist with:

Jeff Hamilton

 Todd Strait

 Montez Coleman

 Quincy Davis

 Brian Claxton

 Nick Brignola

 Matt Wallace

 Brad Leali

 Lauren Sevian

 Curtis Fuller

 Slide Hampton 

 Tom Kennedy

 Ugonna Okegwo

  Peter Mayer

 Randy Sabien


Music Teachers National Association

Women in Jazz

Jazz Educators Network


National Guild of Piano Teachers

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Voting Member)

References available upon request


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