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 published poet. Her scholarly 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, and is a frequent invited speaker at symposia, conferences, and workshops. She is the Director of the Silent Film Sound and Music Archive.
Dr. Leonard is the 2016 winner of the American Musicological Society’s Janet Levy Award; the 2016 Society for American Music‘s 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. The Silent Film Sound and Music Archive, of which she is the executive director, is the recipient of a 2016 GRAMMY Foundation Preservation grant.
As a poet, Leonard has published in vox poetica, lunch, These Fragile Lilacs, and Upstart: Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed, among other venues.
Recent and Upcoming Scholarly Publications, Presentations, and Projects
“Shakespeare and Music in the ‘Silent’ Cinema,” Exploring the Renaissance 2017, South-Central Renaissance Conference, 20-22 April 2017, Austin, TX.
“Shakespeare and Music in the ‘Silent’ Cinema,” Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen conference, 10 June 2017, University of Sheffield.
“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.
Recent and Upcoming Creative Publications and Projects
Marie Curie Learns to Swim, a one-act opera with music by Jessica Rudman and libretto by Leonard, in preparation for a 2018 premiere