Kendra Preston Leonard is a musicologist and music theorist whose work focuses on women and music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; and music and screen history, particularly music and adaptations of Shakespeare; and a librettist and poet. She is the author of five scholarly books and numerous book chapters and articles. Her work has appeared in The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies, Gender and Song in Early Modern England, This Rough Magic, Upstart Crow, Early Modern Studies Journal, The Journal of Historical Biography, The Journal of Musicological Research, and Current Musicology, among other journals and collections. She is the winner of many scholarly awards and prizes, including the Rudolph Ganz Long-Term Fellowship at the Newberry Library, a Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship, an American Music Research Center Fellowship, the inaugural Judith Tick Fellowship from the Society for American Music, and Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Thornton Wilder Fellowship in Wilder Studies. She is the Director of the Silent Film Sound and Music Archive.
Beginning in September of 2017, Dr. Leonard will be the 2017-18 Rudolph Ganz Long-Term Fellow at the Newberry Library. Past awards and fellowships include the American Musicological Society’s 2016 Janet Levy Award; the Society for American Music‘s 2016 Sight and Sound subvention for her collaborative project with the Silent Film Sound and Music Archive and pianist Ethan Uslan; a 2016 American Music Research Center Fellowship; and a 2016-2017 Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities.
Dr. Leonard’s poetry has appeared in vox poetica, lunch, These Fragile Lilacs, and Upstart: Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed, among other venues. Her libretto Marie Curie Learns to Swim is being set by composer Jessica Rudman for a 2018 premiere.
Recent and Upcoming Scholarly Publications, Presentations, and Projects
“Shakespeare’s Second Line,” 2017 Shakespearean Theatre Conference, 22-24 June 2017, Stratford, Ontario.
Music for Silent Film: A Guide to North American Resources (A-R Editions and the Music Library Association Index and Bibliography Series, 2016).
The Art Songs of Louise Talma (CMS Sourcebooks/Routledge, 2017).
Leonard’s ORCID is 0000-0003-3005-4344.