Adjunct Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Sunni Witmer serves as Adjunct Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at Rollins College. She holds the Ph.D. in Music with a concentration in Ethnomusicology and a Bachelor of Music (flute performance) from the University of Florida, as well as an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the UF Center for Latin American Studies. Her Master of Music in flute performance is from the Louisiana State University. Her specialty is the music of the Caribbean and Brazil, primarily early twentieth-century urban popular genres and ensembles; and she has conducted fieldwork in Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Russia.
At Rollins Dr. Witmer teaches Music in the Global Environment, Music History and Literature, and various courses on the music of Latin America. She has also lectured on Caribbean music for various courses at the University of Florida, as well as taught Music Appreciation and World Music and performed flute and Brazilian percussion with the Jacaré Brazil ensemble.
Secretary/Treasurer of the Southeast Division of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Dr. Witmer has presented at international conferences of Society for Ethnomusicology and the Brazilian Studies Association, among others. Papers presented include Popular Virtuosity: The Role of the Flute in Brazilian Choro, Cuban Charanga: Identity, Diaspora, & the Politics of Cuban Dance Music, and João do Pife e Banda Dois Irmãos: La Historia de la Tradición de las Bandas do Pifanos en Pernambuco, Brasil.
Dr. Witmer’s publications include a review of Instrumentos de la Música Folclórico-Popular de Cuba by Victoria Eli Rodriguez in Ethnomusicology. Her dissertation, Cuban Charanga: Class, Popular Music and the Creation of National Identity, is published on-line.
As Coordinator for Academic Programs for the Center for World Arts at the University of Florida, Dr. Witmer was responsible for administering the Center’s programs including the Diversity Artist program, the Artist in Residence program, and the Brazilian Music Institute. For her work with the Center for World Arts, Dr. Witmer received the Davis Productivity Award for Innovative Performance in the Workplace from the State of Florida. Other awards include the Graduate Student Teaching Award from the University of Florida’s Graduate School, and the Latin American Studies Doctoral Student Teaching Award from the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies.