Jenny Bent

Dr. Jenny Bent
Director of Choral Activities,
Sonoma State University


bentJenny Bent, DMA, is the Director of Choral Activities at Sonoma State University and Project Manager of Chanticleer’s summer program, Chanticleer in Sonoma. She 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 studied with and/or performed under such choir eminences as Robert Shaw, Joseph Jennings, Matthew Oltman, Peter Bagley, Dennis Keene, and Julian Wachner.

In California, Jenny 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. Dr. Bent also served on the voice faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, which is part of the Tanglewood Music Center, the summer home of the Boston Symphony. Most recently, her Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus has been chosen as the resident chorus of the Santa Rosa Symphony.

In addition to her academic work, Jenny Bent adjudicates 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. From 2007-2014, Dr. Bent could be heard hosting the radio show The Choir Loft on KRCB-FM, the Sonoma County NPR affiliate. She is thrilled to serve on the board of the American Choral Directors Association.