The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation (MCCF), the fundraising arm of the Maricopa County Community Colleges (MCCC), each year recognizes MCCC employees who have made outstanding contributions to the MCCC District's mission.
This year, five awards were made to individual employees at a luncheon held April 28, 2015 at the Foundation’s offices. Dr. Stephen Helfgot, CEO/President of MCCF presided over the luncheon and remarks were made by Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor, MCCC and Heidi Schaefer, Chairman, MCCF Board.
Congratulations to PVCC's own Dr. Christopher Scinto, Division Chair of Fine and Performing Arts, who was one of the five honorees. Under Dr. Scinto’s leadership students have flourished and demonstrated success in the arts; significant community partnerships and notable scholarships. In just the last five years, PVCC Center for Performing Arts has provided over 625 performances, drawing over 69,000 community attendees. Through various benefit events, more than $40,500 has been raised for Fine and Performing Arts scholarships.
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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.