A native of New Orleans, Raymond Gitz received both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; he earned his doctorate at Louisiana State University. Dr. Gitz is the former Vice-President and Dean of Academic Affairs at Our Lady of Holy Cross College, where he was a member of the faculty from 1973 to 2011. He has also taught on the faculties of Tulane University and Loyola University, and has served as a Visiting Professor at the University of New Orleans.
As an active member of several local, state, and national music organizations, he has served as president of the Metropolitan Music Teachers Association, the New Orleans Music Teachers Association, and as the Louisiana Chair for the Music Teachers National Association’s High School Auditions. He has served the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans (MASNO) in various capacities, as co-founder of the New Orleans International Piano Competition in 1989, and as director of the New Orleans Piano Institute. He currently serves as president of MASNO.
As a pianist, Dr. Gitz has performed solo and chamber music programs throughout Louisiana, as well as in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Illinois; as a scholar, he has presented numerous papers on piano literature and opera. His teachers have included Edgar Davis, Madelyn Trible, James Dick, Daniel Sher, Panayis Lyras, and Frank Heneghan. Dr. Gitz has held the Sr. Mary Francis Regis Discon M.S.C. and Sr. Mary Praxeda Discon, M.S.C. Endowed Professorship from the J. Edgar Monroe Foundation (2004-2007) and the Edward G. Schlieder Educational Foundation Endowed Professorship (2001-2003).
Dr. Raymond Gitz joined the UNO Department of Music faculty in Fall, 2011. He teaches piano and theory.
BM, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
MM, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Ph.D., Louisiana State University