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Kendra Preston Leonard

Kendra Preston Leonard is a musicologist whose work focuses on women and music in the 20th and 21st centuries; music and screen history; and music and disability. Her current research projects are on American composer Louise Talma and her works; the musical representation of the English early modern period on screen; and the use of pre-existing art music for silent cinema. She is the director of the Silent Film Sound and Music Archive (

Michael Markham

Michael Markham's research is on the music of the early Italian Baroque. He joins SUNY Fredonia from Stanford University where he was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities and visiting lecturer in music and cultural history from 2006 to 2008. He received his B.Mus in classical guitar and an M.M. in musicology from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

In 2001 he received his M.A. and in 2006 his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California – Berkeley. His dissertation is entitled The Heritage of Campaspe: Oral Tradition and Giulio Caccini's "Le nuove musiche" (1602). It touches on theories of performance and space in early 17th-century Italy and the problem of text and Italian solo song in the Renaissance.

His writings on early Baroque performance spaces, on solo song, on Monteverdi and Bach, and on music history pedagogy have appeared in The Cambridge Opera Journal, The Opera Quarterly, Repercussions, and Seventeenth-Century Music. He has twice presented at the annual conference of the American Musicological Society and has given scholarly lectures at the University of Cambridge, Stanford University, The University of California – Berkeley, Stony Brook University, and The University of South Carolina.

Tanya Merchant

Tanya Merchant is an ethnomusicologist whose research interests include music’s intersection with issues of nationalism, gender, identity, and the post-colonial situation. With a geographical focus on Central Asia and the former Soviet Union, she has conducted fieldwork in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Russia. She is an avid performer on both the Uzbek dutar and the Baroque bassoon and has given concerts with ensembles in the U.S., England, and Uzbekistan. Her recent publications include articles on Uzbek popular, folk, and traditional musics, which appear in journals such as Cahiers de Musiques Traditionnelles, and Image and Narrative.

Andrew Shryock

Andrew Shryock (MM '06, Musicology) is a member of the musicology faculty at Boston Conservatory. His research examines intersections of text and music in the oratorios of George Frideric Handel. He has published on similar topics in rap music. He received a Ph.D. in musicology from Boston University.