Dr. Paula Maust is a performer-scholar dedicated to fusing research and creative practice to amplify underrepresented voices and advocate for social change. She is the creator of Expanding the Music Theory Canon, an extensive open-source collection of music theory examples by women and BIPoC composers. As a harpsichordist and organist, she has been praised for combining “great power with masterful subtlety” (DC Metro Theater Arts) and as a “refined and elegant performer” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). In her work as a co-director of Burning River Baroque and Musica Spira, she curates edgy lecture-concerts connecting baroque music to contemporary social issues. She is currently working on a recording of Elizabeth Turner's 1756 Six Lessons for Harpsichord.  

Paula teaches music theory, music history, keyboard skills, harpsichord, organ, piano, and coaches students in the Collegium Musicum at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, County; the Johns Hopkins University; and Peabody Conservatory. Her current book project, The Ugly Virtuosa, examines the pejorative language used to describe the first generation of professional female musicians in England, Italy, and France. She has presented her research for the American Musicological Society, the Indiana University Historical Performance Institute, the American Handel Society, and the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music.

The Ugly Virtuosa
Expanding the Music Theory Canon


Elizabeth Turner's 1756 
Six Lessons for Harpsichord


"a harpsichordist who plays with vibrancy, elegance, and studied restraint"

"expertly laid down continuo lines"

"Maust played gracefully with an unusual sense of intimacy."

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