Evan Kent, D.M.A., M.S.M., M.P.A., B.Mus.

Lecturer in Sacred Music

school/program: Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music
academic field: Sacred Music/Jewish Musicology
campus: Jerusalem
email: ekent@huc.edu

Cantor Evan Kent was the cantor at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles for 25 years. In 1988, Evan and his husband, Rabbi Donald Goor, made aliyah and currently live in Tel Aviv, Israel. Evan is on the faculty of HUC-JIR/Jerusalem. For over a decade he previously served as adjunct faculty and the cantor of the synagogue on the HUC-JIR/Los Angeles campus. Evan is also on faculty at the Levinsky College of Education.

Evan received his cantorial ordination and Master of Sacred Music from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music. Prior to attending HUC-JIR, Evan earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from CUNY and a bachelor’s degree in Music from the Manhattan School of Music.

Most recently, Evan received his doctorate in Music Education from the Boston University College of Fine Arts. His doctoral research examined how music at summer camps contributes to the development of Jewish identity.

Evan was on the editorial team for the CCAR Machzor, “Mishkan HaNefesh.” Additional articles have appeared in the Journal of Reform Judaism, the Finnish Journal of Music Education, and Sh’ma.

Cantorial ordination and Master of Sacred Music, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music

M.A. in Public Administration, CUNY

B.A. in Music, Manhattan School of Music

Doctorate in Music Education, Boston University College of Fine Arts

Identity and Jewish Music

It’s More than Kumbaya: Music at Jewish Summer Camps and Jewish Identity