Headshot of faculty Yvonne Kendall



Yvonne Kendall is an internationally published scholar in the history and performance practice of early modern dance and its music. Her work has appeared in Grove Music Online, Encyclopedia of Dance, Music and Letters, Early Music America, and in her first book, The Music of Arbeau's Orchesographie. After earning a doctorate from Stanford University,  her post-doctoral fellowship at Chapel Hill included renaissance dance performances at the historic Playmakers Theatre. In Houston, where she spent much of her career, she performed with and choreographed an opera for Ars Lyrica Houston, supervised the first pre-concert lecture series of Bach Society Houston, and wrote scripts for performances at the Houston Museum of Arts. Her work in founding the renaissance ensemble Collegium Mysterium, was recognized in the Houston Chronicle. She has recently earned an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction with a certificate in literary translation from Columbia University and now, in Tennessee, freelances as a concert program annotator, as an adjunct professor of music and English composition, as a flutist on modern and historical instruments with ensembles like Music City Baroque and Cumberland Wind Quintet, and as a reviewer of both dance and music performances for The Music City Review, while caregiving for family members.