Kendra Preston Leonard

Interview with Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy

Jessica Rudman and I talked about the upcoming (28 April 2018) Hartford Opera Theater and Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra event “Speaking Her Truth,” featuring the premieres of our Four Songs for Lady Macbeth and Marie Curie Learns to Swim with  Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy. Read the conversation here and visit Ticketleap to purchase tickets. 

Interview with Hartford Opera Theater

The Hartford Opera Theater interviewed me about my work and the upcoming performances of Four Songs for Lady Macbeth and Marie Curie Learns to Swim, for which I wrote the texts. Read the full interview here.

Mademoiselle Myths

Nadia Boulanger remains a legendary figure in the history of twentieth-century music, and articles on her career pop up online with some regularity. Unfortunately, many of these repeat or contribute to the hagiography of Boulanger, who in reality was far from a saint. I’ve written extensively about Boulanger–called “Mademoiselle” by her students–and the problems inherent […]

Music & Sound in Horror Media seminar for SAM 2019

I’m delighted to announce that Paul Allen Sommerfeld and I will be chairing a seminar at SAM 2019 in New Orleans on Music & Sound in Horror Media. You will be able to submit for the seminar when the SAM submissions portal opens. Here’s the seminar abstract: This seminar seeks to encourage exploration of the […]

Where am I? Spring 2018

Here are my confirmed professional events this spring: 28 February-4 March: Society for American Music annual meeting, Kansas City 28 March-1 April: Shakespeare Association of America annual meeting, Los Angeles 7 April: AMS-SW Spring meeting, Collin College, McKinney, Texas 28 April: Marie Curie Learns to Swim premiere, Hartford Opera Theater, Hartford, CT 30 April: student workshop […]

Women in Silent Film Music at the Women Film Pioneers Project

I’m delighted to have contributed to the Women Film Pioneers Project, an outstanding resource on women in early film. Here I write about the careers of Hazel Burnett and Alice Jay, two organists who created their own scores and recordings for accompanying silent film, and who were among the widest-recognized women accompanists of the day.

Newberry Library Podcast

In this episode of the Newberry Library podcast, Alex Teller, the Newberry’s Director of Communications and Editorial Services, and I discuss women who accompanied silent films:  https://soundcloud.com/shelflifepodcast/gigging-the-film.

Hartford Opera Theater premieres!

Mark your calendars, friends! Hartford Opera Theater will be presenting the program “Speaking Her Truth,” featuring music by Jessica Rudman, including our “Four Songs for Lady Macbeth” and Marie Curie Learns to Swim on 28 April 2018 at 7:30 p.m.