Evan Kent, received his doctorate in music education from Boston University in May, 2014. His doctoral research examined how music at Jewish summer camps in North America assists in the development of Jewish identity. Evan’s academic interests also include the use of community music as a vehicle for conflict resolution, music and collective memory, and the intersection of spirituality and music.
In 1988, Evan received his ordination as a cantor and his Master’s in Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College in New York and served Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles as its cantor for 25 years. Evan also received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York.
Evan currently lives in Jerusalem, Israel. He is currently on the faculty of Hebrew Union College where he teaches liturgy and sacred music. Evan also teaches at the Levinsky School of Education in Tel Aviv where he presents workshops on using music as a tool for developing identity. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Reform Judaism, Sh’ma Magazine, and Conservative Judaism.
Dr. Kent is also a clinician who specializes in using music as vehicle for building identity. Currently, Evan is also a student at the Rimon School of Music in Tel Aviv where he is hoping to learn to be the jazz singer he has always wanted to be.
When not singing and conducting research, Evan is an avid runner having completed a dozen marathons, many half marathons, and ultra-marathons.