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By Jack Guerry

Silvio Scionti was once a zestful, colourful determine, in addition to a grasp pianist and instructor. tales approximately him, relatively approximately his greater than ten-year profession on the collage of NorthTexas, are legion, and writer Jack Guerry—a former Scionti student—has amassed a lot of them during this remembrance and biography.

Scionti firmly tested his attractiveness as a compelling pianist, whose taking part in has been defined as robust, very important, and whole of eloquence, in the course of his twenty-six years on the American Conservatory in Chicago. identified specifically in the course of the usa and Europe for his duo-piano taking part in, Scionti’s occupation flourished while he married Texan Isabel Laughlin, and the “irreproachable and irrepressible Sciontis” inspired critics anywhere they played.

Lured to North Texas in 1942, the Sciontis have been instrumental within the progress of the varsity of track to the stature it nonetheless claims at the present time. Scionti’s “buoyant spirit,” enthusiasm, expertise, and popularity introduced scholars to Denton from round the state. Many individuals of Scionti’s “student family”—themselves now pros and teachers—have contributed their memories to this quantity together with stories of Scionti’s proverbial Italian spaghetti dinners, arduous hikes up Mount Etna, and high-speed sight-seeing alongside Italian mountain lanes with Scionti on the wheel of his “magnificent purple Buick.”

The “indefatigable” Scionti by no means stopped: whilst he was once seventy and close to the tip of his North Texas profession, he equipped a ten-day journey of 5 states for his eight-piano emsemble—taking the 8 pianos alongside and assembling them at all of the 13 towns visited. Even via his “retirement” years, Scionti nonetheless used to be busy instructing and beginning specialist doorways for college students who persisted to hunt him out.

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