Residential Faculty:

Commercial Music/Music Humanities/Music Theory & Composition

Email: | 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.

Email: | 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.

Email: | 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

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.

Dr. Mary Frances DiBartolo is instructor of cello, cello ensemble, and chamber music at Paradise Valley Community College. DiBartolo is assistant principal cellist of the Arizona Opera Orchestra, section cellist of the West Valley Symphony, cellist with the St. Barnabas on the Desert and Cinematic Pop Orchestras, and a regular extra/substitute with the Tucson Symphony & Tucson Pops Orchestra. DiBartolo is also a highly sought after private studio teacher, conference presenter, adjudicator, and clinician.

DiBartolo has performed in many notable national and international festivals including the Spoleto Italy/USA Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Mainly Mozart Festival, Animas Festival, Red Rocks Festival, Arizona Opera Wagner Ring Cycle Festival, and the Lancaster USA Festival. DiBartolo's orchestral career spans thirty- five years. DiBartolo was an inaugural Fellow of Michael Tilson Thomas's renowned New World Symphony, and has performed with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, the Cincinnati Ballet & Chamber Orchestras, Seattle's Northwest Chamber & Ballet Orchestras, and the Tucson Ballet Orchestra. Her vast symphonic experience includes performances with the orchestras of Flagstaff (principal for nineteen years), Phoenix, Tucson, Fort Wayne, Dayton, Naples, Las Vegas, West Virginia, Omaha, Lincoln, Charleston, and Columbus. DiBartolo has held several American Federation of Musician orchestra positions, won through national auditions.

A faculty artist at the Orfeo and Schlern International Music Festivals/Italy, and at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in the Berkshires, DiBartolo taught, performed, and coached chamber music. Recognized as an outstanding performer, DiBartolo was formerly cellist with the Arion Consort (resident ensemble at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and quarter-finalists in the Concert Artist Guild Competition), an ensemble that championed music from the Renaissance to newly commissioned works. DiBartolo also performed as cellist with the St. Alban String Quartet for five years, a quartet specializing in the music of the Second Viennese School, evidenced by favorable reviews in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Barcelona’s El Noticiero following tours of Germany, Spain, and Italy.

DiBartolo is an in-demand educator, and from 1993-2010, was on faculty at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ) as Senior Lecturer of cello and chamber music, and Coordinator of Chamber and Event Music for the School of Music. DiBartolo is a frequent presenter at conferences, and seasoned adjudicator, clinician, and sectionals coach. She has presented at the National ASTA Conferences and AMEA, and is a featured clinician at the ASTA Tucson Cello Congress, and the ASTA Cellobration in Phoenix. Throughout DiBartolo’s Arizona career, she has been affiliated with the Phoenix greater-metropolitan area youth symphonies, the Arizona Regionals/All-State Orchestra auditions, the Phoenix Youth Symphony and ASTA Solo Competitions, and the Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Instrumentalist Competition (solo and chamber music).

DiBartolo is a frequently requested continuo player, and has collaborated with the St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church Choir and Chamber Orchestra, the Paradise Valley United Methodist Church Chorale & Paradise Singers, the Scottsdale Choral Artists, the Phoenix Bach Choir, the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati, the Mount St. Mary’s Seminary/Athenaeum of Ohio Orchestras, the St. James Church Concert Series of Seattle, and the First Plymouth Congregational Church Abendmusik Series, Lincoln, NE.

Adept at many styles and genres, DiBartolo can be heard on New Age Artist Chris Spheeris’ CD “Dancing with the Muse,” trumpeter and vocalist Chuck Curry’s CD “Late Bloom,” and can be seen performing in the John Tesh/PBS “One World” video filmed, in part, in Monument Valley, Utah.

Dr. DiBartolo holds degrees from the University of Arizona (DMA), The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music: CCM (MM), and, following studies at Northwestern University, the University of Iowa (BM).


David Coolidge - Private Trumpet Lessons

Ben Hedquist - Jazz Ensemble

Dr. Charles Hopkins - Music Humanities/Private Trombone

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

Adam Roberts - Jazz Big Band

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

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.