Dr. Deborah Kent, Coordinator of Vocal Studies, Soprano
Dr. Deborah Kent is Professor of Music and former Director of both The Music Institute and the Department of Music at Howard Community College, where her duties include serving as advisor to music students, coordinating voice and related activities, and teaching applied
voice lessons, Music Appreciation, and Music Fundamentals. Her legacy as Director of Music was the revitalization of the HCC music program through close examination of coursework and the promotion of growth through the college’s performing ensembles, a project that resulted in many new credit courses and several new ensembles. As a result of this effort, the HCC Music Department received its accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music in 2009. In 2003, Dr. Kent further extended the HCC music program outreach by starting a community music school, the Music Institute. Through it a population that would not be reached through the credit program is served. With the formation of the non-credit program, HCC’s music department motto, “Music for a lifetime” is fulfilled, serving students ranging in age from infants through retirees.
Dr. Kent has served two terms as President of CHEM, the Council for Higher Education in Music, a statewide organization of music department representatives that promotes dialogue and coursework articulation between institutions of higher learning. During her tenure in that organization, she facilitated completion of an articulation of Music Theory and Eartraining requirements that was approved by MHEC, the Maryland Higher Education Commission. She is a former president of the Peabody Conservatory Alumni Association and member of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Council. Prior to moving north, Dr. Kent served on the music faculty at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, MS.
Dr. Kent received a Bachelor of Music degree in Theory/Composition and Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Mississippi College. She later received the Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She is a member of NATS, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and is a much sought after voice teacher, attracting students from all over the Mid-Atlantic region. A dramatic soprano who has performed concert and operatic literature from the seventeenth century through today, she considers voice with orchestra literature and the operas of Verdi, Puccini and Wagner her specialties, as well as more intimate art song literature.