Kendra Preston Leonard

New site for AMS/Musicology Now discussion

Head on over to to join in the conversation. You can post anonymously there, unlike at the Musicology Now site. I hope it will remain a safe space for discussion. Huge thanks to the person or persons who set it up!

On Musicology Now and issues of privilege

Earlier today, the AMS blog Musicology Now (MN) published a piece called “Don Giovanni Goes to Prison,” in which Pierpaolo Polzonetti described teaching opera in a correction institute. I–along with many of my colleagues–found this article highly problematic for its racism and classism. Some of us discussed this on Facebook and Twitter (see the Storify […]

American Music Research Center Summer Fellowship

I’ve just learned that I have been awarded a Summer Fellowship at the American Music Research Center Summer Fellowship, University of Colorado at Boulder, to do research in their two collections of silent film materials–the Alvin G. Layton Collection and the Hank Troy Collection–for a new project called “Music for the Cinematic Supernatural in the […]

2015 in Review and Previewing 2016

This year: My book chapter on music and disability in William Walton’s score for Laurence Olivier’s Richard III–specifically the ways in which Walton uses altered sounds from the orchestra to create musical manifestations of Richard’s “unnaturalness”–was published as “Music for Richard III: Cinematic Scoring for the Early Modern Monstrous” in The Oxford Handbook of Music […]

More fantastic praise for Louise Talma: A Life in Composition

I’m absolutely thrilled by this review by Rose Dodd of Louise Talma: A Life in Composition in Tempo, Volume 70, Issue 275 (January 2016, pp 109 – 111. DOI: 10.1017/S0040298215000844, Published online: 07 December 2015). A taste: Kendra Preston Leonard’s book is densely packed with a level of detail that, for a single volume, is […]

ML75.UNT Symposium at the University of North Texas, April 2016

I’m please to announce that I’ll be speaking at the University of North Texas’s ML75. UNT Symposium, celebrating the Music Library’s 75th anniversary. The Symposium takes place April 22-23, 2016. I’ll be talking about music in the library’s Special Collections–my full abstract is below. Music for Silent “Spook Tales” in the University of North Texas […]

Talma on BBC Radio 3

It’s really been a great week for my work on Talma and for #musicologyeverywhere (aka public musicology): first this this review by Nanette Kaplan Solomon of my book Louise Talma: A Life in Composition, and now I’ve just had an email from BBC Radio 3 about it. The broadcaster is producing a series on the […]

Praise for Louise Talma: A Life in Composition

I’m delighted to share this review of my book Louise Talma: A Life in Composition, written by Nanette Kaplan Solomon for the International Alliance for Women in Music Journal, Fall 2015 issue. Here’s her conclusion: “a groundbreaking, multi-layered, important book for both its creative methodology and its revelatory portrait of one of the towering women […]

What I’m doing at #AMS2015

I’m fully booked from arrival to departure at this point, but if you want to say hi, I’ll be participating in the following sessions: **Friday 12:15-1:15  CCRI Panel on Careers Outside of the Academy in Laffoon** **Friday 6:30-7:30 Music and Media Interest Group Organizational Meeting in Coombs Chandler, co-chaired by Jessica Getman and me**   […]