Kendra Preston Leonard

Where Am I? Spring 2017

Upcoming events: March 22-26: Society for American Music annual meeting, Montreal. I’ll be chairing Session 1C: Modernism Revisited, 8:30-10:00 a.m. on Thursday, 23 March; co-chairing the Public Relations committee meeting Friday morning; and will be at the Scholar Meet-and-Greet sponsored by the SAM Student Forum on Friday or Saturday during the morning breaks–possibly both. April 1: AMS-SW […]

Listening to the Gaoler’s Daughter

My article on music in Two Noble Kinsmen and a blog post about writing the article are now up on Cerae: http://openjournals.arts.uwa.edu.au/index.php/cerae/article/view/57/124 (article); https://ceraejournal.com/2017/01/25/listening-to-the-gaolers-daughter/ (blog post).

Newberry Library Fellowship

I am honored to announce that I’ve been awarded the Rudolph Ganz Long-Term Fellowship from the Newberry Library in Chicago. This Fellowship will enable me to spend six months at the Library with a cohort of nine other fellows. My research will be for my current large-scale project, “Women at the Pedals: Female Musicians in […]

Talk at UT Austin

I’ll be giving a talk on “Music for Early Film at the Ransom Center” at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin in the Musicology Lecture Series on 17 February 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in Music Recital Hall (MRH) 2.634.  The Harry C. Ransom Center is home to more than 27,000 pieces of […]

Duke University lecture and slides

Thank you to Duke University, its musicology department, and especially its graduate students for inviting me to talk on Friday, January 13. I have posted the entire text of the lecture and slides as PDFs on my Presentations page for free download. #MakeMusicologyBetter!

Interview on Carolina Shout with Ethan Uslan

I’m the guest of honor on Episode 9 of Carolina Shout by Ethan Uslan, old-time pianist extraordinaire, talking about music in the Silent Film Sound & Music Archive and the 25 pieces  that Ethan recorded for SFSMA thanks to a grant from the Society for American Music.

CFP: Hidden Narratives essay collection

Paula Bishop and I will edit this collection. Please share widely. The dominant narratives of women in music have neglected, obscured, or minimized the successes and importance of countless female musicians who became the driving forces in the development and success of their genres. Instead, such narratives emphasize the rarity of the female musician or attribute […]

A teaser for Duke

From my upcoming Duke talk: In her novel Wolf Hall, Hillary Mantel writes, “Beneath every history, another history.” Beneath: under, below, buried, submerged, hidden. And also deep, profound, rooted, from below. Today I want to talk about the narratives beneath our histories and historiographies, how we can exhume these narratives, how we can raise them […]

Two new publications and a talk on silent film music

I have two new publications out this autumn: Music for Silent Film: A Guide to North American Resources, A-R Editions and the Music Library Association Index and Bibliography Series, 2016; and “Using Resources for Silent Film Music,” Fontes Artis Musicae 63 (October-December 2016). (uncorrected page proofs). I’m also talking about “Performance Practices for Photoplaying at Three Texas Motion Picture […]