Chris Goertzen

Professor of Musicology

Dr. Chris Goertzen has taught music history and world music at the University of Minnesota, the University of North Carolina, Kenyon College and the University of Trondheim (Norway).  He holds the B.A. in art and music from Austin College and the M. Mus. and Ph. D. in musicology from the University of Illinois.  In addition, he has studied at Schiller College (Berlin) and Harvard University.

His training is split evenly between Western music history and ethnomusicology, and his research emphasizes the latter area.  Dr. Goertzen has done field work in the United States, Austria, Norway, Mexico and Argentina.  He is the author of Fiddling for Norway:  Revival and Identity (1997), Southern Fiddlers and Fiddle Contests (2008), and Made in Mexico:  Tradition, Tourism, and Political Ferment in Oaxaca (2010), co-author of Good Medicine and Good Music:  A Biography of Mrs. Joe Person (2009), and co-editor of the Europe volume of the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (2000).

Dr. Goertzen has published articles on traditional aspects of pop music in Europe and the Americas, on Mozart’s piano concertos, on Native American powwows, and on the history of American folk fiddling, which will also be the subject of his next book.  He has been active in the governance of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the American Folklore Society.  He plays the guitar and related instruments.