At an early David Bradley realized that he was destined to become an artist. He began his college studies as a painting major, but quickly switched to ceramics after his first experience on a potter’s wheel. After receiving a BFA and an MFA in ceramics, Bradley apprenticed in a 100 year old pottery factory in East Texas making old fashioned stoneware crockery on the potter’s wheel. The pottery making methods he learned during this apprenticeship, which were handed down from generation to generation of folk potters, has been incorporated into his teaching methodology at Paradise Valley Community College. Since the completion of his master’s degree from North Texas State University in 1982, Bradley has continually worked as a professional clay artist and ceramic instructor. In addition to his teaching duties at PVCC, Bradley travels the world and participates in ceramics workshops and programs in Mexico and China.
Tomi Johnston - Art History/Art Humanities
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Office: M-East, Room 171 | Phone: 787-6569
Keith Kelly - Music Humanities/Music Performance
Email: email@example.com | 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.
Adria Pecora - Art Humanities/Drawing/Painting/Visual Art
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Office: M-East, Room 276 | Phone: 602-787-7195
Adria Pecora joined the faculty fall 2005. She possesses an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.S. from Skidmore College. Supplemental studies include New York University (Film), University of Paris (Art History), School of Fine Arts, Paris (Painting).
Courses taught: Drawing, Life Drawing, Painting, Art Beyond the Classroom, Gallery Operations, the Portfolio, History of Modern Art.
From 2005–11 Pecora served as the exhibitions coordinator of the gallery at the Center for Performing Arts in which capacity she curated three exhibits featuring new work in intermedia: "Over the river and through the woods" (2011); “Game Show” (2010); and “Super Fluid” (2007). Pecora is a 2010 recipient of a Contemporary Forum Artist Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum and a 2008 recipient of a Santa Fe Art Institute Residency Fellowship supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts. Recent projects include “An exchange with Sol LeWitt” (Mass MoCA, 2011); “Exchanges” (The Icehouse, 2010); “Feedback” (Experimental Arts Festival, 2009); and “Nets” (City of Phoenix public art commission, 2007). Pecora has taught at New York University, Skidmore College, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is formerly Assistant to the Dean for Administrative Affairs and Exhibitions Coordinator at the Cooper Union and the founding Associate Director then Director of the Cooper Union School of Art International Summer Residency Program. Pecora worked with Worldstudio Foundation to develop scholarship and arts mentoring programs for disadvantaged youth administered by Worldstudio and AIGA, the professional association for design. Pecora is the editor of a Worldstudio Foundation journal, “Dispel The Prejudice!” and a Cooper Union publication, “Vito Acconci: language/bodies/sound/cities, excerpts from the artist’s writings, 1967–2000”. Her work is represented in the collections of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; The Santa Fe Art Institute; and the Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Dr. Brett Reed - Commercial Music/Music Performance/Music Technology
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.
Andrea Robertson - Theatre Humanities/Theatre Performance/Directing
Email: email@example.com | Office: M-East, Room 166 | Phone: 602-787-6580
Andrea Robertson, the Director of Theatre at PVCC caught the theatre bug at an early age. She started her career acting, but discovered directing in college and then fight directing soon after. She has been truly blessed to work continually in the Theatre from teaching, acting, directing, stage managing, and even theatre supply retail. In 2006 she began her own fight direction company- Fight Call, LLC to pursue her love of stage combat; and is Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and an Associate Instructor with Dueling Arts International. She is a professional fight director working for The Arizona Opera, Theatreworks, and other venues around the Valley of the Sun. For more information on her company and stage combat visit her website www.fightcall.com. Andrea has worked as a professional actress playing such roles as Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, Joan of Arc in the World Premiere of Blood Royal, and Mina in Dracula; a professional director with such productions as My Fair Lady, Oliver, and Lend Me a Tenor and with her company she has fight directed such productions as Romeo and Juliet, Deathtrap, and Otello, as well as several independent films. She earned both her MFA in Directing and her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in Music at Western Illinois University.
Dr. Christopher Scinto - Fine & Performing Arts, Division Chair/Music Department, Director
Commercial Music/Music Humanities/Music Theory & Composition
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | 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, The Ballad of Downtown Jake. 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.
Sonia Valle - Dance Humanities/Dance Performance
Email: email@example.com | Office: F-Building | Phone: 602-787-6808
Sonia Valle was born and raised in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. She began her studies in dance in 1987 at San Diego State University from where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences in International Business, and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences in Dance. She has been a member with numerous modern dance companies in the San Diego and the Phoenix metropolitan area. As a choreographer Sonia has received great reviews for her work in the San Diego Union Tribune and has been invited as guest choreographer both nationally and internationally. She has been a presenter and teacher at the American College Dance Festival teaching Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art form incorporating dance, music, and song. Sonia graduated with an MFA degree in dance from Arizona State University, where she received numerous awards, including the outstanding choreographer award by Friends of Dance and the ASU Dance Department. She is currently teaching and developing the dance program at Paradise Valley Community College and hopes to continue performing and producing her work as an artist.