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Jenny Bent - Santa Rosa Symphony Choral Director

Jenny Bent, DMA, is Director of Choral Activities at Sonoma State University and Project Manager of Chanticleer’s summer program, Chanticleer in Sonoma, in addition to her responsibilities as Choral Director for Santa Rosa Symphony.

Bent is a graduate of Boston University (BM in Voice Performance, MM in Choral Conducting, MM in Voice Performance) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (DMA in Choral Conducting and Choral Literature). Her teachers include Ann Howard Jones, Jerold Siena and Ruth Ann Swenson. She has also worked with such choir eminences as Robert Shaw, Joseph Jennings, Matthew Oltman, Peter Bagley, Dennis Keene and Julian Wachner.

In California, Bent’s choirs have received much acclaim, earning unanimous superior ratings and command performances at choral festivals throughout the Bay Area and receiving invitations to perform at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. She has ten years of experience as a high school music educator, most recently having served as the Director of Vocal Music at the Marin School of the Arts. From 2002-2007 she was the artistic director and conductor of the award-winning teen treble choir, Chantons. Bent also served on the voice faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

In addition to her academic work, Bent serves as an adjudicator for such organizations as the California Music Educators Association, the American Choral Directors Association, Golden State and clinics choirs throughout the Bay Area and beyond.

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