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Department of Music

George Kent

George Kent

Professor of Music

Phone: 401.874.2796

Applied organ and harpsichord, applied trumpet, music appreciation

Master of Music in Organ Performance, New England Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Science in Music Education, University of Rhode Island

GEORGE KENT founded the Chorus Of Westerly in 1959 and has served as its Music Director since that time. He is also Professor of Music at the University of Rhode Island, and organist and choirmaster of Christ Church, Westerly. He has made a number of recordings with Edward Tarr, trumpet virtuoso, and has toured and lectured in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. In 1988, he was one of three recipients of the Governor's Arts Award, Rhode Island's highest honor in the arts.

In 1996, Mr. Kent received a Doctor of Divinity degree (honoris causa) from the General Theological Seminary in New York City. In September 1998, he was honored by the South County Center for the Arts with an Award for Excellence and, in October 1999, he was recognized by Choral Arts New England with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In May 2001 the Rhode Island Historical Society honored him as a "History Maker". In 2003 Mr Kent received a Distinguished Alumni Award from New England Conservatory and the Encore Award for Individual Achievement from the Arts and Business Council of Rhode Island.