Brian Wilson, chair of the music department, has announced the hiring of Dr. Jenny Bent as assistant professor of music. Bent will join the SSU full-time faculty next fall as director of choral activities. She replaces longtime director Bob Worth.
Bent, who was one of six semi-finalists in a national search, comes with a wealth of training and experience in teaching choral music. In addition she is a seasoned voice teacher and director of jazz choir. She is a resident of Petaluma.
Originally from New Hampshire, her doctorate is from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her dissertation is entitled "The Offertories of Peter von Winter: Critical Editions and Studies of Selected Works." She is currently teaching at the Marin School of The Arts where she has led groups to critical acclaim.
Bent has served as guest conductor and adjudicator numerous times in the area of choral music and has a keen interest and knowledge of music education in the secondary schools. She is well versed in all aspects of choral and vocal music from small chamber groups to large groups, from classical to current trends.
The breadth of her teaching currently includes a very demanding schedule commuting back and forth from The Marin School of the Arts to Sonoma State University as (formerly) interim replacement for retiring choral director, Bob Worth.
Wilson said that Bent rated highest in student comment sheets in both the classroom presentations and in choral rehearsal. "She is sure to make a wonderful addition to our full time faculty," he said.
Beginning next fall, Bent will be teaching courses in ear training and conducting technique, as well as conducting the Chamber Singers and SSU Chorus.
For more information on the Music Department, visit their website at http://www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/music/index.shtml.