Posting Date: November 17, 2010

Meet Kristen Brent: A multi-talented music major

By Andrea C. Kirwan

 

Kristen Brent

Photo by Sarah Singleton

Photo by Linda Tincher

Kristen Brent is following in the footsteps of her mother, who was one of the Kennesaw State University School of Music's first students to graduate with a degree in piano performance. “My mom’s successes are a large part of the reason I chose to attend KSU,” she says proudly. “She went to KSU and got her piano performance degree when Dean Joseph Meeks was teaching piano, and now she plays with the Women’s Chorus and accompanies me during performances as well.”

Both of Kristen’s parents are professional musicians, and she was raised surrounded by music. “I’ve always loved singing. I can’t imagine doing anything else,” she says. “I chose this to be my profession because it’s my passion, but it’s also going to be what I do to make a living. Keeping that in mind, I always try and make sure that everything I do is done to the best of my ability.”

Kristen is not just pursuing one degree at KSU but plans to graduate with two: voice performance and music education with a choral concentration. She has been a member of the KSU Chamber Singers since her freshman year, and she frequently works with the KSU Jazz Ensemble. Additionally, she landed a lead role in the KSU Opera Theater production of "The Medium" last year. Kristen is also the president of the KSU chapter of the CMENC and the KSU Swing Dance Association.

“Kristen is not only a gifted singer but a fine pre-service teacher. She has the ability to absorb new material and quickly apply it to her own teaching,” says Assistant Professor Alison Mann. “I look forward to watching her develop as a teacher next fall during her student teaching.”

Upon graduating, this multitalented student will continue pursuing her education in music. “I want to do something with music. I may go for a master's in conducting, or I may pursue a master's in performance," she explains. “Since I’m getting two undergraduate degrees, there are so many avenues that I can take.”

 

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