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Chris Goertzen

Dr. Chris Goertzen



Dr. Chris Goertzen, Professor of Musicology, has taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of North Carolina, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (as a Fulbright Professor). He holds the B. A. in art and music from Austin College and advanced degrees in musicology from the University of Illinois, with additional study at Schiller College (Berlin) and Harvard University.

He studied both Western music history and ethnomusicology, and brings a world music perspective to teaching music history. His books include Fiddling for Norway: Revival and Identity (1997), Southern Fiddlers and Fiddle Contests (2008), Made in Mexico: Tradition, Tourism, and Political Ferment in Oaxaca (2010), George P. Knauff’s Virginia Reels and the History of American Fiddling (2016), and Antebellum American Fiddling (2020). He co-edited the Europe volume of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (2000).

He plays viola in a community orchestra, and steel-string guitar on his couch.

  • PHD - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1983)
  • MM - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1981)
  • BA - Austin College (1973)

MUS 307-308: Music History Survey
MUS 500: Writing about Music
MUS 492/592: Studies in World Music
Other courses on occasion

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Marsh Hall - Fine Arts Building (FAB) 301 map




Areas of Expertise

Weatern Music History and World Music; American Vernacular Music, Mexican Crafts,