College of Charleston appoints Kent to teaching post

October 27, 2021

The College of Charleston has appointed Abigail Kent to its faculty to initiate two degree pathways in harp—traditional Celtic lever harp and classical pedal harp. Located in the historic district of Charleston, S.C., the college says it emphasizes small class sizes and extensive performance opportunities for music students.

“As a native Charlestonian, I am excited to share this culturally vibrant city with students and to help them grow into the most developed harper/harpist, musician, and person they can be,” Kent says.

An international award-winning musician on both the Celtic harp and the pedal harp, Kent performs with numerous ensembles, including the Charleston Symphony. Among Kent’s many Celtic mentors are Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson. Her classical studies began at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and she received her Bachelor of Music degree with Elizabeth Hainen at the Curtis Institute of Music, her Master of Music degree with Emmanuel Ceysson at the Mannes School of Music, and has completed her residency as a doctoral student with Nancy Allen at The Juilliard School.

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