Professor Emeritus

BMus (UBC), MM (Illinois)

Robert Witmer is a bassist and ethnomusicologist with research interests in North American and Caribbean music. A former member of the Vancouver Symphony, he has also been active as a jazz and commercial musician.

Professor Witmer has written on a variety of North American and Caribbean music topics for journals, anthologies and music dictionaries. He is the author of The Musical Life of the Blood Indians (1982), editor of Ethnomusicology in Canada (1990) and co-editor of Canadian Music: Issues of Hegemony and Identity (1994).

In 1995, Professor Witmer received the inaugural Faculty of Graduate Studies’ Teaching Award in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of academic excellence and the quality of graduate teaching at York University.