Ethnomusicologist, educator, and musician

Christopher Witulski (PhD University of Florida, 2014) is a specialized teaching faculty in musicology at Florida State University’s College of Music. His research focuses on changes in sacred performance practices in contemporary Morocco.

Performing Malhun at the Festival

His book, under contract with Indiana University Press, explores how gnawa musicians in Fez negotiate domestic listeners’ tastes, global markets, and the aesthetics required for productive ritual. His work has appeared in national and international conferences and can be found in the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.

Other interests include theoretical approaches to popular and world music (MM in music theory, Crane School of Music, 2007), fieldwork and research in West Africa, and the relationship between ethics and aesthetics in popular manifestations of religious music.

Musician and Educator

Witulski is an active IMG_0635performer of Arabic music on ‘ud, banjo, and violin and has performed in the Fez Festival of Sacred Music and across Morocco. He is also an old time banjo player and funk bassist, when the opportunity arises. He performed regularly on violin and viola in North Florida with the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Christopher Witulski’s online courses recently won awards for excellence in course design and online teaching at Florida State for creating engaging American Pop Music screen shotenvironments where students tackle complex tasks with classmates over the course of the semester. Whether making a music video, an ethnographic documentary, or planning musical activism around contemporary issues like racial inequality, students are innovating based on primary source histories that inform technological creativity.

Undergraduate and graduate courses and ensemble work with Arabic music engage a contextualized past to help understand the many political, social, and artistic trends affecting Muslim communities around the world.

Links and Documents

Leyla et Majnun: and the Festival Begins

Curriculum Vitae

For more information, see an updated Curriculum Vitae (PDF).


You can find information on and abstracts for past, current, and future projects at