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Chris Goertzen

Dr. Chris Goertzen

Full Professor


Dr. Chris Goertzen, Professor of Musicology, has taught 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, wit additional study studied at Harvard University.
He is trained in both Western music history and ethnomusicology; his research emphasizes the latter area. 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-authored 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).
He plays steel-string guitar and viola.

  • 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
Other courses on occasion

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Areas of Expertise

Musicology: Music History and World Music; American Vernacular Music, Mexican Crafts,