The Kent family has been enjoying Ogontz since 1965 when they first rented the facility for George's children's choral workshop. Ogontz was such a special place for them that they purchased the camp in 1993 from alumna Bette Huber. Presently, three generations of Kent family members are actively involved at Ogontz and have contributed towards a common goal over the years by founding new family music camps to cutting trails into the woods around the lake for guests to enjoy or working as a staff member.
Lynn Kent Owner
A full-time volunteer for the arts, Lynn was a recipient of the prestigious national Jefferson Award for Community Service. She is visible from morning to night and vital in the day-to-day running of Ogontz, using her organizational skills and creative flair to give guests a special experience. She continually strives to elevate Ogontz by working to preserve our historic lakeside camp while both improving and expanding the facilities and programs that are associated with the organization in order to leave a better Ogontz for the future and conserve the spirit of the special place that we have.
George Kent Owner
George has also spent a lifetime dedicated to the arts. Founder and retired director of the Chorus of Westerly, he has also toured, recorded, and presented concerts and workshops in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan and was Associate Conductor and then Acting Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. He has devoted his life to raising the artistic standards of the community and was the recipient of a Doctor of Divinity degree (honoris causa) from the General Theological Seminary, the State of Rhode Island's Governor's Arts Award (1988), a Lifetime Achievement Award from Choral Arts, New England (1999), and a 2003 Outstanding Alumni Award from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, from which he received his Master's Degree. The prestigious Pell Award for achievement in the arts was also presented to him in 2005. In 2013 he was presented with the Founders award. This prestigious award is a citation from the US Senate for Leadership in the Arts and was presented through the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra. He is currently Professor of Music at the University of Rhode Island and organist and choirmaster of Christ Church, Westerly, RI where he is privileged to play on an acclaimed C. B. Fisk organ.