Artist Teacher of Piano, Group Piano Instruction and Educational Outreach
B.A. Tulane University
B.Mus. Washington State University
M.A. Washington State University
Additional Studies: Aspen Music Festival and School; American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria; San Diego State University. Significant Teachers: Richard Tetley-Kardos, Karen Follingstad, Susan Chan
Deborah Ungar is a pianist and multi-instrumentalist with a background in International Politics, Economics, and Sociology. She is a recognized performer and educator in the classical genre, earning degrees in piano, music theory, and music education. The catalyst for reconnecting with her love of studying and performing world music began at San Diego State University, where she studied Finnish, Indian, and Afro-Cuban music in addition to clarinet and piano. After moving to Santa Fe in 2007 she began intensively studying and performing music of the Balkans. She has performed at world music festivals and in a variety of musical settings across the US and Europe. Her recent work explores the roots of ethnomusicological practices of Balkan, Sephardic, and their interconnectedness through performances and education. Deborah is Adjunct Faculty at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design Contemporary Music Program, World Music Instructor for the Mandela International Magnet School, Music Specialist at the arts-based Nava Elementary School, Woodwind Faculty with World Arts Woodwind Institute, and Education Manager and Curriculum Specialist for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. She currently performs with Rumelia, Rumelia Klezmer Band, and works as a freelance accompanist and chamber music performer in and around Santa Fe.
Deborah Ungar performs on Bugari Armando Accordions, Amati G and LeBlanc Bb Clarinets, and uses Vandoren reeds exclusively.