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Faculty

Residential Faculty


Dr. Christopher Scinto - Fine & Performing Arts, Division Chair

Commercial Music/Music Humanities/Music Theory & Composition

Email: christopher.scinto@paradisevalley.edu  |  Office: M-East, Room 169  |  Phone: 602-787-6686

Christopher Scinto's compositions have been featured on music festivals in Germany, Italy, Spain, and throughout the United States. His works, performed by the ASU Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the NYU New Music and Dance Ensemble, and the Phoenix Chorale, have received awards and grants from the Long Island Composer's Alliance, Meet the Composer, the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, and the National Association of Composers, USA. He holds degrees from Arizona State University (BM & DMA) and Bowling Green State University (MM), where his studies included composition, saxophone performance, and conducting. Currently, he is completing a work for saxophone and percussion, titled Octet, and is collaborating with nationally acclaimed poet and PVCC faculty member Lois Roma-Deeley on an opera. In addition to his artistic pursuits, Scinto is the Division Chair of Fine & Performing Arts at Paradise Valley Community College and is the founder and artistic director of the contemporary music ensemble Crossing 32nd Street


Dr. Brett Reed - Commercial Music/Music Performance/Music Technology

Email: brett.reed@paradisevalley.edu   |  Office: M-East, Room 178  |  Phone: 602-787-6554

Brett Reed (composer, percussion) is a performer and composer specializing in contemporary and improvised music.  He regularly performs as a solo percussionist, as a member of several ensembles, including Crossing 32nd Street, Skin & Bones, a percussion duo he co-founded with Terry Longshore, and as a jazz vibraphonist in solo and ensemble settings.  He has performed at numerous festivals, including the Bang On A Can Marathon in New York City and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series.  Reed has also produced and performed on numerous recordings including Skin & Bones critically acclaimed first release Boom and their upcoming release Mixmaster.  Other recording credits include the music of composers Anthony Davis, Peter Garland, and Iannis Xenakis.  In addition, Reed has had performances of his own compositions "that's what it is, grape!" for septet, "Five Loops", for marimba and electronics, and “Translucent Divide” for solo vibraphone.  Brett holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego where he studied with renowned percussionist Steven Schick. Dr. Reed is currently the director of the commercial music program and the percussion program at Paradise Valley Community College.


Dr. Keith Kelly - Music Humanities/Music Performance

Email: keith.kelly@paradisevalley.edu  |  Office: M-East, Room 183  |  Phone: 602-787-7345

Saxophonist and educator Keith Kelly, a San Francisco Bay Area native, holds degrees in music from the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific and Arizona State University. As a woodwind specialist, Kelly has performed with: Eels, the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Theater, Natalie Cole, Bear Valley Music Festival Orchestra, Berkeley Saxophone Quartet and Tony Passarell’s Thin Air Orchestra. As an educator, Kelly has taught public school band, orchestra, choir, and jazz band in Northern California and has worked regularly as a saxophone coach, improvisation specialist, and jazz ensemble director at summer music institutes in both California and Arizona. Kelly has directed the Young Sounds of San Joaquin, Tri-Valley Jazz Workshop, and the Paradise Valley Jazz Institute. As a researcher, his focus is on teacher preparation, gender and music participation, and the early history of public school jazz education. As a collegiate music educator, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Paradise Valley Community College, San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific, Boston University (Online), Arizona State University, and California State University, Stanislaus. Kelly is currently completing a DMA in Music Education (Jazz Studies), focusing on the ways in which middle school and high-school students learn to play jazz. He maintains an active private studio in addition to his responsibilities as residential faculty and Coordinator of Music Humanities at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, AZ.


Adjunct Faculty


Ryan Anthony - Music Humanities/Jazz Ensembles


Mary Beadell-DiBartolo - Private Cello/String Ensembles


Josh Bennett - Music Humanities/Clarinet Ensemble/Private Clarinet


Kevin Bock - Private Low Brass Instuction/Tuba Ensemble


David Buck - Private and Group Guitar Instruction/Guitar Ensembles


Dr. Lee Chivers - Flute Choir

Lee Ann Chivers is an active performer and teacher. Dr. Chivers currently teaches for both PVCC and EMCC, and served as flute instructor for both The Master's College and La Sierra University in California.  She also served as a teaching assistant at Arizona State University, where she completed a DMA in flute performance.  Her experience includes several awards for solo performance, performances in chamber and orchestral settings with various groups across the Southwest, as well as performing at several National Flute Association conventions. She founded the Greater Los Angeles Flute Society and was instrumental in multiple facets of the events held by the Society. She currently works with the Recreative Art Center as their Music Director, and organizes chamber music workshops for adult musicians in Arizona.


David Coolidge - Private Trumpet Lessons


Kristen Drathman - Musical Theatre Workshop

KRISTEN DRATHMAN- Kristen is an AZ Native who has a Bachelors degree in Music Theater from Arizona State University (Cum Laude). Trained classically with renowned voice teacher Dr. Judith Cloud and has been honored to sing all over the world. The ’92 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain and the Brooklyn Conservatory Summer Opera Festival are a few favorites. She also made her Phoenix Symphony Hall Debut last February, singing as the female soloist in A Salute to the Tony's with Conductor Lawrence Golan. It was a dream come true! Favorite Phoenix Theatre productions include, Swing! (AriZoni Award), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (AriZoni Award), Cole! (AriZoni Award), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (AriZoni Award), I Love A Piano (AriZoni Award) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other favorites include, Schoolhouse Rock, Live! (Childplay), Still Life with Iris (Childsplay), Phenomenal Smith (Childsplay), Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! (Theater League), Blues in the Night (Black Theater Troupe) and Tapestry (Actors’ Theatre).
Kristen has been teaching private voice and acting for 13 years, with a studio of over 50 students ranging in age from 7-50. When not busy at ‘Play’, Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband Greg, and her two sweet daughters (Shea-10 and Emme-8) who are growing up way too fast!! www.kristendrathman.com.


Dr. Will Dobra - Music Humanities/Private Trumpet Instruction

Originally from Sarasota, Florida, Dr. Will Dobra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The University of South Florida (USF) where he studied trumpet with Don Owen. After USF, Will continued his musical studies at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) where he studied trumpet performance with Raymond Crisara throughout his Master's and Doctoral degrees. After graduating from UT in 2002 with his DMA, Dr. Dobra moved into the Phoenix area and has since been performing with such groups as the Salt River Brass, Sonoran Brass, Southwest Brass and the MusicaNova Orchestra. Dr. Dobra is currently in his fifth year as trumpet instructor at Phoenix College and his first at PVCC.


Dr. Rose French - Music Humanities/Music Theory/Private French Horne Instruction

Rose French, horn, is an active musician and educator based in Phoenix, AZ.   She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Australia, China, Croatia, Venezuela, South Africa, Mexico, and throughout the United States. In 2006, her transcription of the Clarinet Trio in A Minor by Johannes Brahms premiered at the International Horn Society Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, where she was also the winner of the Dorothy Frizelle International Horn Excerpt Competition. French has performed with groups in the Southwest including the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony, Musica Nova Orchestra, Symphony of the West Valley, Orquestra Sinfonica de Monterrey, and Orquestra de Baja California, Mexico. She is the Director of the Mill Ave Chamber Players, a professional woodwind chamber ensemble, hornist for the Phoenix Chamber Brass, and Managing Director of the Pangean Orchestra.  French is the Exhibits Coordinator for the International Horn Society, where she works with instrument makers from all over the world that attend the annual symposium.  In January 2012, she will be hosting the Southwest Regional Horn Conference at Paradise Valley Community College.

French completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees at Arizona State University and holds degrees in Music Education, Music Technology, and Performance from Duquesne University. She is adjunct faculty at Paradise Valley and Glendale Community Colleges, maintains a private studio, and teaches at Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children, a non-profit music academy that provides free instruction and instruments to under-served youth.


Dr. Kerry Ginger - Music Humanities


Ben Hedquist - Jazz Ensemble


Dr. Charles Hopkins - Music Humanities/Private Trombone


Dr. Christopher Hutton - Class Voice/Private Voice


John Keenan - Commercial Music/Digital Audio

John Keenan is President of Production and co founder of Keenan Delmar Entertainment and has over 21 years working in the music industry. He produced 8 Top 10 national singles on New Music Weekly Radio Charts and was recently endorsed by famed music producer, Glenn Rosenstein, known for his work with todays top artists. Keenan is a full time record producer, remixer, songwriter and engineer working with such artists as Kenny Loggins, Trik Turner, Frank Stallone, Wizz Kid, Evan Cowden and many more charting acts from around the world.  Keenan’s productions have been nominated at the New Music News awards where he also completed 2 radio mixes for the opening theme of the new Rocky movie, “Take You Back” by Frank Stallone. Keenan is recognized with in the industry for his technical and artistic expertise.  He has strong knowledge of both the commercial and creative perspectives and has a solid reputation for being direct, discreet and honest. He applies fresh, cutting-edge production qualities that appeal to mainstream listeners.  Keenan Currently owns and runs his own Pro tools recording facility JCK Music Productions that focuses on mainstream music , commercials and video games.


Joseph Kluesener - Music Humanities/Private Bassoon Instruction           

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Joseph Kluesener is a Candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts at ASU under the mentorship of Dr. Albie Micklich; he holds two Bachelor of Music degrees cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from ASU.  Previous mentors include Jeffrey Lyman, Martin James and William Winstead.

An active educator, Kluesener teaches bassoon privately and serves as Adjunct Faculty at Chandler-Gilbert and Paradise Valley Community Colleges, also teaching a survey of Rock Music and Culture.  Concerned with community outreach and new trends in live concert music, Kluesener is an active contributor to the Classical Revolution PHX (classicalrevolutionphx.org), an effort to advocate and invigorate appreciation for “Classical” music to new audiences.

In 2009, Kluesener founded the Paradise Winds (paradisewinds.com), a ‘mutating’ virtuoso chamber wind ensemble performing and presenting clinics and master classes regularly throughout Greater Phoenix.  At that time, Kluesener was also appointed the Director and Coordinator of the Second Sunday Concert Series, a community partnership between the Arizona State University (ASU) Herberger Insitute School of Music and Christ Church of the Ascension located in Paradise Valley, AZ.


Snezana Krstic - Private and Group Piano Instruction/Piano Ensemble

In her native Yugoslavia (Serbia) Snezana Krstic was active as a pianist, professor of music, and a member of several chamber ensembles. At 16 years of age, she became the youngest student at Belgrade University School of Music from which she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance. She also spent one year in Moscow for postgraduate professional studies (Stazhirovka) working with Galina I. Miserva. The recipient of numerous awards for piano solo and chamber ensembles, Mrs. Krstic was a pupil of professors Valery Sigalevich, Miroslava Lili Petrovic, Andrea Preger, Natalia Tomic, and Mirjana Vukdragovic. She attended summer music camp in Groznjan, Slovenia and a piano camp in Portogruaro, Italy, where she worked with pianist Constantin Bogino. For 15 years, she was a professor of piano at the Kragujevac School of Music, where she received their award for best pedagogy results. Mrs. Krstic has performed in Italy, Russia, Germany, France, and Hungary. Since she moved to the United States, she joined the Music Teacher National Association and is an active member of the Phoenix Music Teacher Association. She has been the chairperson of the PMTA Celebration of Music Piano Competition (2009-2011) and regularly judges for piano competitions and Arizona Study Program piano examinations. She frequently performs as a soloist, and with chamber ensembles. Currently, she teaches piano classes and private lessons at the Paradise Valley Community College, at Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children in Phoenix, and in her home studio. Her students regularly attend competitions throughout the year and receive numerous awards and prizes. She resides in North Phoenix, with her husband and three daughters.


Greg Lloyd - Music Theory


Pam Morita - Private Jazz Piano Instruction/Jazz Combo

Pam Morita, a professional pianist/singer in Chicago since 1980, played at the Drake Hotel, Park Hyatt Hotel, the Fairmont, the Palmer House as well as well known jazz clubs as Andy’s and the Green Mill. In 1985 she traveled to Sweden where she played/sang in clubs around the country as well as onboard the Silja Line Cruise Boat, which sailed between Helsinki and Stockholm. In 1994, she moved to Norway where she met such Swedish jazz artists as Ronnie Gardiner and Johan Setterlind who recorded her first CD, "Strings that…" with her. She also met Doris Spears, a jazz singer from New Jersey, who collaborated with Pam to record her CD, "The Duchess". They did a musical tour together traveling throughout Scandinavia.

In 2000, Pam moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Since moving to the Valley, she has played in the C.C. Jones Orchestra and performed with such musicians as Dennis Rowlands, Sherry Roberson, Felix Sainz, Dave Grale, Dennis Sexton, Paul-Eirik Melhus, Richard Palalay, Andy Gross, and Paul Anderson. Pam was a Nordstrom pianist for 5 years (as a soloist and with trios), and has played at the Top of the Rock Restaurant, Glendale Gaslight Inn, the Estate House, Cartwright’s, Chandler Jazz Festival, 98 South, the Phoenix Music Festival, the Borgata, the Phoenician, the Biltmore, West Valley Art Museum, Scottsdale Artwalk, and the Kerr Cultural Center. In 2004, she started a jazz jam session for kids where professionals and youngsters could play together. "Pam’s Jam" started at Barwinkles and ended at the Glendale Library, a span of 2 years. And presently, Pam is the Musical Director at Asbury United Methodist Church.  And she teaches Jazz Piano and Jazz Chamber Ensemble at Paradise Valley Community College and is an Adjunct Professor at Mesa Community College teaching Class Piano for Beginners.

Pam Morita received her Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in piano performance. She has taught both jazz and classical piano for many years and works with jazz ensembles at high schools in Glendale.


Andre Noe - Commercial Music/Disc Jockey Techniques

Andre Noe is a lifetime resident of Phoenix, Arizona.  He graduated from Arizona State University in 1997 with a BS in Global Business with an emphasis on Finance, French and German.  While at the university, Andre began his professional career in the Music Business.  He began working as a Disc Jockey in 1990 and started Andre’s Music With Personality in 1995.  He has enjoyed much success working with his clients by providing the highest level of customer service. 

In 2004, Andre saw an opportunity to expand into video production services as well.  Consequently, he has been providing in house video production and on-site projection services for his private and corporate clients along with his live sound performances. Starting in the Fall of 2010, Andre began teaching MUC 135: Live Performance and Disc Jockey Technique at PVCC.  He has enjoyed teaching an up and coming group of motivated students the art of Disc Jockeying on some of the most cutting edge equipment on the market.


Jared O'Leary - Multimedia Ensemble/Community Band


Ashley Oakley - Music Humanities/Class Piano

Ashley Oakley is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Arizona State University in piano performance. As a passionate performer and educator she has a wide spectrum of experiences and is excited about joining the faculty at Paradise Valley Community College. Ashley has given numerous solo and chamber music concerts throughout the US and Europe including concerto performances with the Mid-Columbia Symphony, Oregon East Symphony, UNL Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Symphony and I Solisti di Perugia.

Ashley studied with Dr. Paul Barnes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received her Bachelor of Music degree in 2007. Among various solo and chamber performances during her time in Lincoln, Ashley won first prize in the Nebraska State MTNA Competition and performed twice as a soloist with the UNL Symphony. She was invited to give a solo performance at the National Convention in the National Liszt Society Concert Series and was also the recipient of a two year U-CARE grant during which she assisted Dr. Barnes in transcribing the operas of Philip Glass into solo piano music. Two scores are currently available from Chester Music: Trilogy Sonata and Orphée Suite for Piano.

Ashley has spent summers at the International Bösendorfer Academy in Austria, MusicFest Perugia in Italy, the Tel-Hai International Piano Masterclasses in Israel and also served as a Head Resident Advisor at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. She was selected twice to perform with the Italian orchestra I Solisti di Perugia with the Bach D minor Concerto and the Brahms F minor Quintet. Migrating west for her graduate degrees Ashley finished her Masters degree at Arizona State University in 2009 studying with Dr. Baruch Meir. At ASU Ashley was a Graduate Teaching Assistant and taught undergraduate classes in piano performance and technique. In 2010 she was appointed the Competitions Coordinator for the 2011 USASU International Bösendorfer and Schimmel Piano Competitions. In addition to teaching at ASU, Ashley also maintained a large studio of private students who performed regularly around the Phoenix area. Ashley is relocating from the Bay area where she served as the Staff Accompanist in the vocal department at California State University, Stanislaus and as an Adjunct Professor at Diablo Valley College as well as teaching private lessons to students around the Bay.


Dr. Carrie Page - Music Theory

Born in Mississippi, Carrie Leigh Page composes music for chamber ensembles, orchestra, and electronic media, with a special emphasis on vocal writing. She has collaborated with dramatic artists, vocalists, and educators to create chamber operas both for young artists and young audiences, and she is an avid researcher in the areas of opera and music education.

Page earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Converse College beginning her compositional studies with Scott Robbins. Under the tutelage of Marc Satterwhite, she completed the Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Louisville, where she held the Moritz von Bomhard Fellowship in Composition. She earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from Arizona State University, studying with Rodney Rogers, James DeMars, Roshanne Etezady, Jody Rockmaker, and Glenn Hackbarth.

Page’s electronic work Emergent was selected for inclusion on the International Alliance for Women in Music Annual Concert in 2010, which traveled to multiple concert venues throughout the world. Her most recent work, Everyday Arias, won the 2011 ASU Composition Competition. Page is currently working on choral works for St. Martin of Tours in Louisville, KY, and St. Mary’s Basilica in Phoenix, AZ, and songs for mezzo-soprano Korin Kormick. Her music appeared on the 2005 Fresh Stuff CD, released by the University of Louisville. Page is a member of ASCAP, the Society of Composers, the College Music Society, and the International Alliance for Women in Music.


Katherine Palmer - Music Humanities

Katherine Palmer is concurrently pursing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in clarinet performance and a Master of Arts in ethnomusicology at Arizona State University. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Miami (FL) in clarinet performance with a minor in anthropology and a Masters of Music in clarinet performance with Robert Spring at ASU in 2009. An active performing musician in the Phoenix area, Katherine also teaches early childhood music and movement courses.


Min Park - Private Violin Instuction/String Ensemble


Jesse Joaquin Parker - Music Humanities/World Music Ensemble


Adam Roberts - Jazz Big Band


Gerry Rulon-Maxwell - Music Humanities/Guitar/Rock Band


Ted Sistrunk - Private Electric Bass & Contra Bass InstructionTed Sistrunk attended Arizona State University and has studied with Chuck Maronich, Rufus Reade, and Michael Forminack.  Ted is currently a member of the Phoenix Jazz Workshop and the jazz quartet Jiggle.  He has also performed with numerous local artists including; Danny Long, Armand Boatman, Dennis Roland, The Extreme Decibel Big Band, CPR Orchestra, Dave Cooks’ New Vanguard, Margo Reed, Delphine Cortez, Pete Pancrazi, and many others. Ted is also the bass instructor at Paradise Valley Community College.


Elliot Sneider - Music Humanities


Rachel Stoddard - Choir/Private Voice


Dr. Scott Zimmer - Music Humanities/Private Saxophone Instruction

As a saxophonist and woodwind player, Scott Zimmer has performed and recorded in a variety of musical styles ranging from commercial to jazz to classical.  Recent performances include a West Coast in April 2001 tour with the brass and percussion group Proteus 7, and a jazz performance in July 2000 at the World Saxophone Congress in Montreal, Quebec.

As an educator, he currently teaches courses in jazz and rock history at Paradise Valley Community College.  Previously, he has served on the faculty at Glendale Community College, Arizona School for the Arts, Eastern New Mexico University, and the University of Oregon. He is also a freelance musician and educator in the Phoenix area.

Dr. Zimmer has appeared on a number of recordings including Jazz with the Marohnic, Pilafian, Hopkins Jazz Nonet (Summit Records DCD-227), and Meltdown with The Pilafian Project (Summit Records DCD-229).  Currently, he performs locally with the Phoenix Jazz Workshop, the Azz Izz Band, the Desert Wind Saxophone Quartet, the Prizefighting Kangaroos Saxophone Quartet, and the jazz quartet Jiggle while teaching and performing as a freelance saxophonist and woodwind player.

Dr. Zimmer holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance from Arizona State University.  He also holds a Masters degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Northern Iowa where he performed with the award-winning UNI Jazz Band I.

Contact Us

Location: Building M-East

Phone: 602-787-6595

Fall Semester Hours
Mon-Thurs: 7:30am-7:00pm
Friday: 7:30am-3:30pm

Staff

Dr. Christopher Scinto
Fine & Performing Arts, Division Chair
Music Department, Director
Commercial Music/Music Humanities/Music Theory
christopher.scinto@paradisevalley.edu
M-East 169
602-787-6686

Dr. Brett Reed
Commercial Music/Music Performance/Music Technology
brett.reed@paradisevalley.edu
M-East 178
602-787-6554

Keith Kelly
Music Humanities/Music Performance
keith.kelly@paradisevalley.edu
M-East 183
602-787- 7345

Kelly Quick
Division Secretary
kelly.quick@paradisevalley.edu
M-East
602-787-6595
Office Fax: 602-787-6674

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