Sunni Witmer

Sunni Witmer serves as a lecturer of musicology and ethnomusicology at Rollins College. Her area of specialty is the music of the Caribbean and Brazil, primarily early twentieth-century urban popular genres and ensembles. She holds the PhD in music with a concentration in ethnomusicology from the University of Florida (UF), a MM in flute performance from Louisiana State University, a MA in Latin American Studies from UF, and a BM in flute performance from UF. She has conducted fieldwork in Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Portugal, and Russia. At Rollins, Dr. Witmer teaches music in the Global Environment, Music History and Literature, Global Popular Music, Music and Politics in the Americas, and various courses on the music of Latin America, as well as serving as the faculty advisor for students pursuing independent study projects such as Choral Pedagogical Methodologies: Venezuela, Japan, and South Africa. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Rollins and has served as the secretary/treasurer for Southeast and Caribbean Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Witmer has presented at international conferences for the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Brazilian Studies Association, among others. Papers presented include Popular Virtuosity: The Role of the Flute in Brazilian Choroand Cuban Charanga: Identity, Diaspora, & the Politics of Cuban Dance Music. Dr. Witmer’s publications include a review of Instrumentos de la Música Folclórico-Popular de Cuba by Victoria Eli Rodriguez in Ethnomusicology: The Journal for the Society for Ethnomusicology, and Cuban Flute Style: Interpretation and Improvisation by Sue Miller in the Latin American Music Review. While at the University of Florida, Dr. Witmer performed flute and Brazilian percussion with the Jacaré Brazil ensemble. She now performs locally with various ensembles including the annual Disney Candlelight Processional and the Bach Festival Society Orchestra.