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Musician, director, dancer Dr. Yvonne Kendall performs at APSU

1/14/2002
January 14, 2002

On Jan. 13, 14 and 15, an Austin Peay alumna and Clarksville native Dr. Yvonne Kendall returns to her alma mater to present the last of the 75th Anniversary Alumni Lecture/Performance Series.

Kendall, associate professor of music at the University of Houston, performed in recital at 7:30 p.m. last night in the concert theatre, music/mass communication building. Music faculty members Anne Glass and Dr. Tom King, as well as Dr. Vicky King and Nancy Slaughter, assisted her.

At 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14 in the concert theatre, Kendall will lead a Renaissance Dance Workshop featuring dances of Shakespeare's time with accompaniment by the Cumberland Collegium. At 10 a.m. tomorrow in the same location, she will lecture on "Contemporary Settings of Spirituals." All events are free and open to the public.

The daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Kendall of Clarksville, Kendall graduated magna cum laude from APSU in 1972. After two years as an elementary music teacher at Fort Campbell, Ky., during which she studied with Charles Wyatt, principal flutist with the Nashville Symphony, Kendall studied privately in New York for a year.

Subsequently, she was accepted into the famed New England Conservatory of Music from which she received her master's degree in flute performance in 1981. In 1985 she earned a doctorate in early music from Stanford, a program focused on producing scholar-performers.

Before her University of Houston appointment, Kendall performed as piccolo player for the Santa Cruz Symphony, flutist in the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and flute soloist with Stanford's renowned Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.

She received a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in musicology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she was a flutist, recorder player and renaissance dancer.

Currently, she is the director of two chamber ensembles--the BlackNote Ensemble, which is devoted to 20th century works by women and other minorities, and Collegium Mysterium, which is devoted to music of the renaissance.

Kendall, whose performances have been heard on Houston Public Radio, was elected president of the Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society. She is an active musicologist who has presented her work internationally, as well as in myriad journals, such as "Early Music," and in several encyclopedias in renaissance studies, musicology and dance history.

She has written a series of articles for the "Flutist's Quarterly," the first of which was published in Fall 2001 and the second, this month. She has written program notes for the Houston Bach Society and an article for the Houston Grand Opera magazine, "Cues."

For more information of Kendall's presentations, telephone Dr. Allen Henderson, chair of the APSU department of music, at 7818.