Christopher Witulski earned his PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Florida in 2014 and holds masters degrees in ethnomusicology and music theory. His research engages changes in sacred performance practices in contemporary Morocco and across North Africa. His book, The Gnawa Lions: Opportunity and Authenticity in Moroccan Ritual Music (October 2018), explores how musicians for a trance-based sub-Saharan healing ceremony in Morocco negotiate their listeners’ tastes, global markets, and the aesthetics required for productive ritual. This work was based on fieldwork in Morocco that was supported by a Fulbright fellowship. His writing appears in Ethnomusicology, Ethnomusicology Forum, the Journal of North African Studies, the Yale Journal of Music and Religion, and the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.
Dr. Witulski is an active performer of Arabic and American old time music on ‘ud, banjo, and violin, having played in the Fez Festival of Sacred Music, across Morocco, and in professional orchestras in Florida and Georgia. Other interests include theoretical and computational approaches to popular and world music and the relationship between ethics and aesthetics in popular manifestations of religious music. Dr. Witulski taught at Florida State University before coming to the BGSU College of Musical Arts in 2016.