Vocal Camp Faculty
Pianist and jazz vocalist Christine Hitt earned her MM in piano performance at the University of Arizona and then spent several years touring the U.S., Central and South America with the USAF Band. While stationed near St. Louis with her Air Force trumpeter husband, she went on to record and work for the MAXJAZZ record label while establishing herself on the St. Louis jazz scene. During that time Christine recorded and performed with Ugonna Okegwo, Bruce Barth, Montez Coleman, Peter Mayer, Rick Haydon and Tom Kennedy.
As a pop vocalist, Christine has recorded jingles for companies including Maxwell House, John Deere, Anheuser-Busch, Circle K and Ramada Inns. She has backed Marylin McCoo, Darius Rucker and been a member of one of Modern Bride’s top wedding bands The Confidentials. Her solo CD MXJ107 You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To features Jeff Hamilton, Todd Strait, and 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.
Passionate about music education, Hitt has taught vocal and instrumental jazz at Washington University, Webster University, Concordia College and Iowa Western Community College where she was the Director of Instrumental Music. Her students and ensembles 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, Steve Kirby, Matt Wallace, Steve Smith, and Curtis Fuller.
As an arranger, Christine has been published by UNC Jazz Press and has had her big band arrangement of In a Sentimental Mood performed at the Iowa Jazz Championships. Her arrangements have also been featured on the following CDs: 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.
Christine currently lives in Wisconsin where she is the music and worship director at Central Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls. She teaches in the jazz department at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and is active as a vocal jazz clinician and performer in the Midwest. Christine is married to Barry Hitt and has three sons: Michael, Eric, Cory and daughter in law Brianna.