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Residential Faculty

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

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

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

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.

Dr. Keith Kelly - Music Humanities/Music Performance

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

Kevin Bock - Private Low Brass Instuction/Tuba Ensemble

Dr. Carolyn Broe, Private Viola  Instruction

Dr. Carolyn Waters Broe, American violist, conductor and composer received her Bachelors of Music Performance from Chapman University in 1979, and her Masters in Fine Arts in Music from California State University, in Long Beach in 1984.  Broe earned her Doctorate in Music from Arizona State University in 2001.  Her viola teachers include William Magers, Adriana Chirilov, and Louis Kievman. She has been the featured soloist with orchestras in California and Arizona. 

Carolyn Broe conducts the Four Seasons Orchestra of Scottsdale, which was nominated in two Grammy categories for 2000.  She has made several CD recordings and performed with numerous celebrities.  She is the violist with the Four Seasons String Quartet.  Broe was the founder and conductor of the Paradise Valley Community College Orchestra for ten years. She has written two books including “J.S. Bach’s Treatment of the Viola” and “The String Literature of Louise L. Kerr”. Carolyn holds several awards including: Woman of the Year from American Biographical in 1993; The Dream Catcher Award of 1995; and Marquis’ Who’s Who of Women 2001. Carolyn Broe is currently teaching violin and viola at Paradise Valley Community College and viola and chamber music at Mesa Community College.

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.

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!!

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.

William Gorton - Private Voice Instruction/Class Voice/Opera Workshop

William Gorton is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at Arizona State University. Before attending ASU, William served as the Founding Artistic Director of the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale. At ASU, William has directed the Early Music Chamber Choir and ASU Women’s Chorus, been Assistant Director of ASU Symphonic Chorale and Choral Union, and Chorus Master for ASU Lyric Opera Theater. With a Masters in Voice Performance and Pedagogy, William has had a busy career as a professional tenor and voice teacher, performing numerous opera roles and oratorios with organizations such as Sacramento Opera, Opera Pacific, Pacific Repertory Opera, Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra, National Messiah Festival at Bethany College, North Bay Opera, West Bay Opera, Orchestra X of Houston, Berkeley Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera Guild, and others. Choral work has included section leader with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, and performances under the batons of conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, Zubin Mehta, and others. William spent a year teaching piano, voice, and choir at the Adventist College of Sagunto in Spain, and is also a composer. His hymn, O God in Whom We Live, is published in Worship and Song: for United Methodists. He recently served as music director/accompanist in a production of Mozart’s Magic Flute with Three Oaks Opera Company. William is currently employed as Director of Music for the Church at Litchfield Park.

Noah Guttell - Commercial Music/Studio Recording

Noah Guttell has an extensive background in the music industry. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music where he received a BA in Film Scoring in 2001. While at Berklee, Noah interned and later was employed at LSR Recordings, an independent record label in New York City. During school Noah scored student films and collaborated with students at Columbia Film School in New York. After graduation, Noah co-managed Third Ear Music, a recording and production studio in Richmond, Virginia. In the winter of 2002, Noah moved back to New York City and worked at Sound One Studios, the premier New York post-production facility for film sound and picture. Noah was then hired at RMI Music. RMI is owned by Robert Miller, an internationally renowned film, television, commercial, and orchestral composer. After leaving New York, Noah moved to Montreal for two years. In Montreal, he worked at The Montreal Music Academy as a piano and composition instructor. He also founded the Blue Door Studios at this time. During this period he co- produced, engineered, and played with the band PLAY Aneou. In 2005, he returned to Arizona and attended Arizona State University, where he received his Masters Degree in Composition in 2008.  As the owner of The Blue Door Studio, he engineers, produces, arranges, and writes albums ranging from classical, jazz, hip-hop, world, avant-garde, electronic, and popular styles. He is currently an instructor of audio recording and sound design courses at Paradise Valley Community College.

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 (, an effort to advocate and invigorate appreciation for “Classical” music to new audiences.

In 2009, Kluesener founded the Paradise Winds (, 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.

Dr. Matthew Lennex - Private Trombone Instruction

Dr. Matthew Lennex serves as the adjunct trombone instructor at Paradise Valley Community College, and is an active freelance trombonist in the Phoenix area. A past winner of the National Classical Solo Competition in Washington D.C., Dr. Lennex is also the leader of the Phoenix Jazz Trombones, winners of the 2010 Kai Winding International Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition. He is a member of the Phoenix Chamber Brass, the Salt River Brass and the Bruce Gates Jazz Consortium. Dr. Lennex has recently performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Arizona Opera, Phoenix Opera, Extreme Decibel Big Band, Mesa Jazz Orchestra, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.

Dr. Lennex earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from West Virginia University, a Master of Music in Trombone Performance from the University of North Texas, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Trombone Performance from Arizona State University. He has been a music teacher in the Chandler Unified School District since 2006.

John Massaro - PVCC Community Chorus, director

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.

Dr. Jeremy Muller - Music Humanities

Jeremy Muller is a contemporary percussionist currently exploring the confluence of folkloric traditions and modern performance. He has several previous and ongoing collaborations with percussionist Greg Beyer, composers Alexandre Lunsqui, Andreas Stauder, and Stuart Saunders Smith. Jeremy has performed with the world-renowned Percussion Group Cincinnati, Phoenix’s premier new music ensemble Crossing 32nd Street, the New Paradigm Percussion Quartet, and as a soloist at PASIC in Columbus, OH and Austin, TX. As a composer he has written many works and will often integrate technology as an aesthetic of his music. Some of his compositions and arrangements are published with Bachovich Music Publications and Engine Room Publishing. Currently, Jeremy is an Adjunct Professor at Paradise Valley and Glendale Community Colleges in Phoenix. He previously held fellowships at Arizona State University and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In 2011, Jeremy was awarded a JumpStart Research Grant at ASU. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University, a Master of Music from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Appalachian State University. His principle teachers were J.B. Smith, Allen Otte, Jim Culley, and Rob Falvo. For more information see

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.

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

Joseph Perez - African Drum Ensemble/Electronic Music/Music Humanities

Joseph Perez is a performer and collaborator of Electro-Acoustic, Classical and World Music. A founding member of the MoTU Percussion Quartet, recent performances of his include a lecture-recital at the McCormick Marimba Festival in Tampa, appearing as guest a soloist with the Phoenix Symphony, and performing on the showcase concert at the Arizona Percussion Arts Society Festival. He is an active performer of contemporary music, having appeared with Crossing 32nd Street and is a regular with the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble. He has also performed with the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, SyZyGy, Musica Nova, Scottsdale Orchestra, and the Tempe Symphony Orchestra. The recipient of the 2007 Music Teachers National Association Award for Student-Teacher Excellence, Mr. Perez more than a decade of teaching experience in the public school system. Groups he's instructed have been selected to perform at the Inauguration Day Parade of President Barack Obama in Washington D.C. (2008), the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade in New York, NY (2007) and the Oregon Educators Conference in Portland, OR (2006). Joseph Perez is pursuing his D.M.A. from Arizona State University where he is a Teaching Assistant under J.B. Smith and Mark Sunkett. He currently holds a Masters in Music from Arizona State and a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Oregon University where he studied with Terry Longshore. This is his first year teaching at Paradise Valley Community College. He will be teaching Music Humanities, Electronic Music and directing the African Drumming Ensemble.

Julian Peterson - Music Humanities/Electronic Music/Music Theory & Ear Training

Julian Peterson is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and computer programmer whose musical life is divided between electronic and acoustic music. He studied composition and saxophone performance at Arizona State University, followed by additional studies in composition at the University of Florida.  Julian is a well-decorated performer of chamber music and was a founding member of the award winning Helios Saxophone Quartet.  Julian’s current musical interests include the exploration of algorithmically generated musical material, physical modeling synthesis, song writing and improvisation.  He is a member of Integers are for Counting, a chamber group which specializes in minimalism and musical eclecticism with electric and amplified instruments.

Tom Peterson - Music Theory & Aural Perception

Tom Peterson is a composer and conductor from Phoenix, Arizona, and a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music in London.  Recently, much of his music has been devoted to choral music — the Festival Chorus in London premiered a new commission in July 2011 — but his output is varied, including jazz and music for film. Tom’s music has been performed throughout the US and Europe including performances at the Sounds New Festival, UK, the Oregon Bach Festival, and the Cortona Contemporary Music Festival, Italy. In 2011, he received a Fisher Composer Award, a commission for the 2012 Renee B. Fisher Piano Competition. Tom earned his Master’s degree in composition and conducting at the Royal College of Music, London, where he studied composition with Kenneth Hesketh and Joseph Horovitz and conducting with Natalia Luis-Bassa. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in composition at Arizona State University, where he studied with Jody Rockmaker and James DeMars, and jazz composition/arranging with Mike Crotty.

Dennis Saloky - PVCC Big Band, director

Dennis started playing saxophone when he was eight.  By the age of twelve, he was performing regularly with a swing band.  As a freshman-engineering student at the University of Michigan, Dennis won a chair in the jazz ensemble, which rarely selected players outside of its prestigious music school.  During his career in high tech, Dennis stayed with music, playing rock, R&B, and jazz semi-professionally throughout the US and England.  Dennis joined the staff at PVCC in May, 2002.  Since that time, Dennis’ PVCC jazz ensembles have regularly garnered the highest awards in state and local jazz festival competitions.

Throughout his musical career, Dennis has had the opportunity to study and play with some of the great big bands and jazz artists like Pete Condoli, Tommy Dorsey, Art Newcastle (aka Glenn Miller Orchestra), Maynard Ferguson, and Phil Wilson.

Ted Sistrunk - Private Electric Bass & Contra Bass Instruction

Ted 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.

Christina Steffen - Private Flute Instruction/Music Humanities

Christina Steffen has appeared as a soloist and with chamber ensembles for many concerts and music festivals throughout the U.S., England and Switzerland. She performs with the chamber group, Paradisa! (; the flute and harp duo, Bella Dolce (; and has performed with the distinguished Steinway piano artist, Mark Neiwirth. She plays for the National Broadway tours at Gammage in Tempe (Wicked, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliott) and for entertainers (Bernadette Peters, Natalie Cole, The Temptations and Michael Feinstein) as well as for commercial recordings including PBS Horizon, The United Way, Del Webb, HBO and many CD projects.
Ms. Steffen presents clinics and master classes for all levels and has taught at several music camps including the NAU Curry Summer Music Camp. She is known for her captivating presentation of “Flutes and Flute Music Around the World.” She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in flute performance from the University of Arizona School of Music and is the founder and music director of Arizona’s premiere flute performance organization, Desert Echoes Flute Project ( Christina is a National Director for the Theatre Musicians Association and is Vice-President/Program Chair for the Arizona Flute Society where she was instrumental in establishing the AFS Flute Camp for flutists of all ages and the Autumn Affair to raise money for scholarships and educational opportunities for young flutists. She appeared on the cover of Kudos magazine, was featured in a recent article in the Arizona Republic, and has been invited to perform concerts in Australia next season.

Timothy Verville - North Valley Chamber Orchestra, director

Timothy Verville is in his second season as Music Director for the North Valley Chamber Orchestra and Adjunct Faculty for Paradise Valley Community College. He also currently serves as Music Director/Conductor of the Scottsdale Baroque Orchestra and as Associate Conductor of the Boston Chamber Orchestra. He has earned degrees from the University of Oklahoma (music performance), the Boston Conservatory (orchestral conducting) and  is currently completing doctoral studies at Arizona State University. For more information, please visit

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


Dr. Christopher Scinto
Fine & Performing Arts, Division Chair
Music Department, Director
Commercial Music/Music Humanities/Music Theory
M-East 169

Dr. Brett Reed
Commercial Music/Music Performance/Music Technology
M-East 178

Keith Kelly
Music Humanities/Music Performance
M-East 183
602-787- 7345

Kelly Quick
Division Secretary
Office Fax: 602-787-6674

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