Contemporary Music Faculty Accomplishments

2013 Accomplishments

“Makin’ Love in Outerspace” by adjunct faculty member Peter Williams was named Best R&B song during the 26th Annual New Mexico Music Awards. The song is performed by The Sticky, a band that includes SFUAD Film School graduate Jozelle Anderson (‘13) and CMP adjunct faculty member Ross Hamlin.

Latin/Jazz group Transit, featuring CMP faculty member Mark Clark, performed Rudolfo Gonzales’ award-winning song “Miracle,” named Best Jazz Song at the 26th Annual New Mexico Music Awards.

Director of Artists for Positive Social Change and artist-in-residence Brian Hardgroove worked on a Marvel-themed single featuring Public Enemy’s Chuck D.

Faculty chair Steve Paxton hosted a solo piano concert for pianist Nils Frahm in the O’Shaughnessy Performance Space on campus on Sept. 23.

Instructor Angela Gabriel was a percussionist involved in the Music, the Brain, Medicine, and Wellness symposium, sponsored by the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. She is the educational director for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.


Instructor Deborah Ungar, alumna Nicolle Jensen (’07), and Sitara Schauer of the Balkan folk music band Rumelia performed at Caldera Gallery in Santa Fe on June 19. Ungar is the accordionist and clarinetist, Jensen is the percussionist and a vocalist, and Schauer is the violinist and a vocalist.

Instructor Polly Tapia Ferber performed with her band, Balkan Handsprings, an ensemble of SFUAD graduates and faculty members who play traditional string, wind, and percussion instruments from the Balkans, at the Museum of International Folk Art on March 18.

In February, faculty chair Steven Paxton conducted a pair of concerts by Coro de Cámara in Los Alamos and Santa Fe. The chamber choir was accompanied by faculty members Deb Barbe and Angela Gabriel and students Stephanie Nagler and Brenna Noonan. They performed Renaissance pieces, Southern folk hymns, folk songs collected and harmonized by F. Garcia-Lorca, and one of Paxton’s pieces.


Faculty chair Steven Paxton and classical guitar teacher Roberto Capocchi performed with the Santa Fe Opera as onstage musicians in the company’s acclaimed summer 2011 production of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck. Playing accordion and guitar, Paxton and Capocchi joined an ensemble of five other musicians comprising the “Gypsy band” in the opera’s tavern scene.

In 2011, faculty member Polly Tapia Ferber performed at the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival of Balkan Music in New York City, as well as in Middle Eastern, Macedonian, and Balkan music concerts sponsored by Santa Fe’s Spanish Market and Museum of International Folk Art. She also teaches percussion each summer at the Mendocino Balkan Music & Dance Workshop in California and the Iroquois Springs Balkan Music & Dance Workshop in the Catskills.