Donald A. Zent, Professor of Piano at Asbury University, has taught university music students for over forty years, first at Indiana Wesleyan University (formerly Marion College), and since 1988 at Asbury University. Dr. Zent is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) recognized by the Music Teachers National Association. As Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Asbury, he teaches applied piano, group piano, piano pedagogy, piano literature, and form and analysis. He holds three degrees in piano performance: Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, both from Indiana University, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Some of his previous piano teachers include Rebecca Penneys, Eduardo Berlendis, Santos Ojeda, Jorge Bolet, Nicholas Zumbro, Tong Il Han, Carolyn Kindley, Gizi Szanto, and Delight Murphy. Two of his piano teachers can trace their piano teachers back to Franz Liszt and Ludwig van Beethoven.
Dr. Zent has performed as piano soloist with the Indiana Chamber Orchestra and the Lexington Philharmonic. Furthermore, he has performed solo piano recitals at various colleges and universities including Asbury University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Anderson University, Taylor University, Transylvania University, Campbellsville University, Lindsey-Wilson College, Centre College, and Murray State University. A piano accompanist, he has performed extensively with many vocalists and instrumentalists. As a member of the Kentucky Music Teachers Association (KMTA), Dr. Zent has served as its Piano Chair, Secretary, and Coordinator of Collegiate Competitions. Additionally, he has been an adjudicator for NGPT, KMTA, and for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. He has taught piano and Piano Pedagogy to graduate students at the Seminário Teológico Batista do Norte do Brasil in Recife, Brazil. Many of his former students are active piano teachers in both United States and Canada. And several of his former students have earned master’s degrees in piano performance.
Both Dr. Zent and his wife love the Lord and are actively involved in the Wilmore Free Methodist Church; he has served in this church in various capacities, including a short-term missions trip to Cuiabá. Brazil. His wife, Roberta, was a teaching assistant at Wilmore Elementary School and taught mathematics both at Asbury University and Lexington Community College. His son, Kevin, is a family physician in Barrington, New Hampshire; Kevin and his wife, Autumn, have two sons and three daughters. Dr. Zent’s oldest daughter, Jenna Alfonseca, and her husband, Gualberto, live in Spring, Texas, and have one son and two daughters. And his youngest daughter, Cammi Hanna, and her husband, David, live in Fredericksburg, Virginia.