Kendra Preston Leonard (BM ’95, Cello) has been named the inaugural winner of the Society for American Music’s Judith Tick Fellowship. The highly competitive Fellowship is awarded to support scholarly research leading to publication on topics that have been the focus of Prof. Tick’s distinguished career: women’s music-making across time and musical genres, musical biography, and source studies in American music. Leonard’s Fellowship project is a scholarly edition of the complete works for voice and piano by American composer Louise Talma.
In addition, Leonard was an invited speaker at the recent George Washington University symposium “Global Shakespeares: Mapping World Markets & Archives.” Forthcoming publications include “From ‘Angel of Music’ to ‘that Monster’: Music for Phantoms and Villains,” Studies in Gothic Fiction, Spring 2014 and several book chapters on music and Shakespeare. She will be the scholar-in-residence for the 2014 City University of New York Graduate Students in Music conference, where she will conduct a workshop on “Scoring Disability Narratives.” Leonard has also recently been named the American Musicological Society’s representative to the Coalition on the Academic Workforce and serves as a mentor through the American Musicological Society-Society for Music Theory’s Music and Disability Interest Group Support Network. For further information, please visit kendraprestonleonard.com.