Sonoma State University choir director Jenny Bent has been appointed Choral Director for the Santa Rosa Symphony. During her two-year appointment, which begins with the 2016-2017 concert season, she will continue to serve as Director of Choral Activities at Sonoma State.
In her role as Choral Director for the symphony, Bent will organize, audition, and rehearse choirs of singers. She will also continue to direct the SSU Symphonic Chorus.
“Given that we are now the resident orchestra of the Green Music Center on the campus of Sonoma State University, we are delighted to have Jenny Bent join the Santa Rosa Symphony for our choral concerts in the upcoming season,” said Santa Rosa Symphony Executive Director Alan Silow. “Her delightful energy and enthusiasm as a choral director will help us build upon the foundation of choral excellence that has been a tradition in our community for many years.”
The symphony has a choral program scheduled this year for its December 3-5 performance and for April 7-9, 2018. Both programs will be performed in Weill Hall at Sonoma State’s Green Music Center.
Bent replaces Choir Director Bob Worth, who held the position from 2002 to 2015 and served as a music professor and choir director at Sonoma State during a portion of that time.
Santa Rosa Symphony is the third oldest professional orchestra in California, currently in its 88th season, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. The symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.