Frank Scinta Adjunct Professor
BA - State University of New York at Buffalo
MFA - State University of New York at Buffalo
Frank Scinta is well known as one of Western New York’s most active choral directors and music educators. In addition to conducting the Canisius College Chorale, he also serves on the faculty of the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. Previously, Mr. Scinta headed the music program at Canisius High School from 1974-1990.
In 2008 Mr. Scinta was appointed organist/choirmaster at St. Louis Church after having served thirty-three years as music director at Blessed Sacrament Church, Buffalo. An associate director of Opera Sacra since its inception in 1975, he also served as chorus master for the Greater Buffalo Opera Company and Opera Theater of Syracuse from 1979 through 1998.
A frequent guest conductor, adjudicator, and lecturer, Mr. Scinta has conducted the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, Master Chorale of Western New York, and University at Buffalo Choir and Chorus. In addition, he has prepared choruses for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, Ars Nova Musicians, Amherst Symphony, American Guild of Organists, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, and has directed numerous county-wide and all-state school choirs throughout Western New York. He also has served as vocal director/music coach for Buffalo’s Irish Classical and Kavinoky Theaters and as choral director for area concerts featuring Celine Dion, Rosemary Clooney, and the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
As pianist, Mr. Scinta has appeared in solo and chamber recitals sponsored by Canisius College, Friends of Vienna, St. Paul’s Cathedral, International Institute, Grosvenor Society, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and WBFO-FM’s Opus Classics Live.
Mr. Scinta was named the Buffalo Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 1994 and was the first recipient of the Eberz Award in 2000, presented by the Diocese of Buffalo for achievement in the field of church music. Other citations include the Opera Guild of Western New York's Educator Award (1998 and 2008) and the Greater Buffalo Opera Company's Artist's Award. He is a contributor to the recently published Schirmer’s Omnibus Guide To Classical Music and his recordings appear on the Mode label.