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Kendra Leonard

Kendra Preston Leonard

PhD Published Works 2014

Kendra is a musicologist and music theorist whose work focuses on women and music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; and music and screen history, particularly music and adaptations of Shakespeare; and a librettist and poet. She is the author of five scholarly books and numerous book chapters and articles.

Her work has appeared in The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies, Gender and Song in Early Modern England, This Rough Magic, Upstart Crow, Early Modern Studies Journal, The Journal of Historical Biography, The Journal of Musicological Research, and Current Musicology, among other journals and collections.

Talking about her experience at the University of Sunderland, Kendra said: "I was a distance learning student, and did my PhD by published works at Sunderland. My advisors there, Tim Brennan and John Kefala-Kerr, were wonderful, and my degree has opened many new doors for me professionally."

She is the winner of several scholarly awards and prizes, including the Rudolph Ganz Long-Term Fellowship at the Newberry Library, a Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship, an American Music Research Center Fellowship, the inaugural Judith Tick Fellowship from the Society for American Music, and Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Thornton Wilder Fellowship in Wilder Studies. She is the Director of the Silent Film Sound and Music Archive

From September 2017 to March 2018, Dr Leonard will be the 2017-18 Rudolph Ganz Long-Term Fellow at the Newberry Library. Past awards and fellowships include the American Musicological Society’s 2016 Janet Levy Award; the Society for American Music‘s 2016 Sight and Sound subvention for her collaborative project with the Silent Film Sound and Music Archive and pianist Ethan Uslan; a 2016 American Music Research Center Fellowship;  and a 2016-2017 Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities.

Dr Leonard’s poetry has appeared in vox poetica, lunch, These Fragile Lilacs, and Upstart: Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed, among other venues. Marie Curie Learns to Swim, a one-act chamber opera with a libretto by Dr Leonard and music by composer Jessica Rudman, will receive its premiere by the Hartford Opera Theater in March 2018. 

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