GUEST ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS


CHRISTINE HITT
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.
MARK MOWRY
Tenor Mark Mowry is an Assistant Professor of Music at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College. In recent years, his students have won many awards at competitions includ­ing Wisconsin NATS and Schubert Club Auditions, and at district and regional rounds of the Metropolitan Opera Na­tional Council Auditions.

Mr. Mowry has performed a diverse range of opera, concert, and recital repertoire, including leading roles in a number of operas. As concert soloist he has performed the music of Bach, Britten, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Sir John Stainer, and Vaughan Williams among others. He is also an advocate of the song genre and has participated in numerous master classes devoted to the subject, led by noted musicians His own recital appearances have occurred both at home in the U.S. and, more recently, in the United Kingdom—first at Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh, England, for the Aldeburgh Festival, and then for his debut recital at London’s Wigmore Hall, for which Graham Johnson was pianist.
JUDI HALL BOYD
Judi grew up with a brother who was an artist and she was the science kid; although her favorite part of my Botany class was doing the drawings. Most of her adult life Judi worked as an activity director in geriatric settings so she had the opportunity to do lots of crafts but not “art”.

Later, she was a sales and marketing director for a catalog company where she needed to apply artistic principles putting together catalogs for two divisions, a senior catalog and a special ed. catalog. But it wasn’t until Judi retired three years ago that she finally had time to try what she had always secretly wanted to do- paint.

A dear friend had always told her that, if she could draw (I was a lifelong doodler), she could do watercolor and so she gave it a try, and fell in love–with painting - with the medium.

Judi just started showing her work to the public this spring.

The painting featured on the cover of the CVSO's brochure and program (see below) was the first painting she has submitted for public viewing.

This watercolor, titled “The City Music Scene”, is a representation of the wonderful and diverse music offerings in the city of Eau Claire.

Something for everyone’s music taste is available here, and is a major contributor to the recognition the city continues to garner.