BiographyKendra Preston Leonard is a musicologist and music theorist whose work focuses on women and music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; music and screen history; and music and Shakespeare. She is the Director of the Silent Film Sound and Music Archive.
Leonard is the author of The Art Songs of Louise Talma; Music for Silent Film: A Guide to North American Resources; Louise Talma: A Life in Composition; The Conservatoire Américain: a History; Shakespeare, Madness, and Music: Scoring Insanity in Cinematic Adaptations; and is the editor of Buffy, Ballads, and Bad Guys Who Sing: Music in the Worlds of Joss Whedon. She has been a featured speaker on BBC Radio 3, was the 2013 Fall speaker for the American Musicological Society-Library of Congress Lecture Series and a keynote speaker at the American Music Research Center’s Fourth Annual Susan Porter Memorial Symposium on “Nadia Boulanger and American Music.” She has presented her research regularly at conferences including those of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and the Shakespeare Association of America; has published in the Journal of Musicological Research, Women & Music, and Upstart; and has contributed book chapters to several collections. Leonard is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships for her work, including the 2017-18 Rudolph Ganz Long-Term Fellowship at the Newberry Library; 2016-17 Harry Ransom Center Fellowship; the 2016 Janet Levy Award from the American Musicological Society; a 2016 American Music Research Center Fellowship; the 2016 Society for American Music Sight and Sound Subvention; the inaugural Judith Tick Fellowship from the Society for American Music (2013-2014); and the Thornton Wilder Fellowship at the Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (2009).
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Musicology, music theory, gender studies, film, Shakespeare