Kendra Preston Leonard

Talk at Mary Washington University, January 2018

I’ll be giving a talk on “Negotiating Problems of Nostalgia: Music for Buster Keaton’s The General,” prior to a screening of the film with live accompaniment by Andrew Simpson on 18 January 2018 in Pollard Hall, room 204, at Mary Washington University. The event, which is open to the public, will begin at  7:30 p.m. 

Writing Irene Curie

I have a post up on writing an aria for Irene Curie for Marie Curie Learns to Swim at

Coming up on 18 October: Money, Sex, and Organs

I’ll be presenting “Money, Sex, and Organs: Preliminary Research on Women Musicians in the Silent Cinema,” at the Newberry Library at 4:00 p.m. on 18 October 2017. Admission is free; refreshments will be served starting at 3:30.

Where am I? Late 2017-early 2018

My current schedule is below. I’m always available for guest lectures or workshops, conducted in person or over Skype. 18 October 2017: “Money, Sex, and Organs: Preliminary Research on Women Musicians in the Silent Cinema,” Newberry Library, Chicago. 4:00 p.m., Towner Fellows’ Lounge, 2nd Floor. 8-12 November 2017: American Musicological Society annual meeting, Rochester NY. Co-chair, […]

Nostalgia and Cultural Memory in Scoring for The General (1927)

I’ll be presenting a paper on “Nostalgia and Cultural Memory in Scoring for [Buster Keaton’s] The General (1927)” at the AMS-Midwest meeting, 23-24 September 2017 at Roosevelt University. I’ll be talking about race, post-war depictions of the American South in popular entertainment, the use of Southern-signifying music, and more of current relevance. This is a […]

Works in Progress

an update:   “Alice Smythe Jay, ‘Tipperary,’ and ‘Yakima’: An Early Case of Forensic Musicology” (article) “Music for the Kingdom of Shadows: Cinema Accompaniment in the Age of Spiritualism” (long-form article) “Projection, Erasure, and Recovery: Women in Silent Film Music” (monograph) “Nostalgia and Cultural Memory in Scoring for The General (1927)” (Society for American music 2018 […]

Frederick J. LaVigne’s accompaniment for Cleopatra (Haskill, 1912)

I’ll be at the SCRC conference at UT-Austin in the Glickman Conference Center on Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20. On Friday I’ll be talking about “Shakespeare and Music in Silent Cinema” at 10 am in room 1.302 (Glickman Center). My presentation will include an audio-visual reconstruction of Rhode Island cinema musician Frederick J. […]

Music Privilege Walk Statements

Many of you are familiar with the idea of the Privilege Walk, in which a mediator reads statements relating to privilege and asks participants to step forward or backwards to indicate their relative positions in society as defined through those privileges. A sample with many common statements can be found here. A Privilege Walk is, […]

The Art Songs of Louise Talma: update

Routledge has promised that they will have bound page proofs for everyone to see at the Society for American Music meeting this week! Here’s a mock-up of the cover (they’re correcting my name now):