Praised as "a refined and elegant performer" (Boston Musical Intelligencer) and for combining "great power with masterful subtlety,"  Dr. Paula Maust performs extensively across North America as a harpsichordist and organist. She is a co-director of both Burning River Baroque and Musica Spira and regularly collaborates with numerous professional orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists. Equally committed to performance and scholarship, her research focuses on the reception history of 17th and 18th-century female professional musicians and early modern society’s fascination with unconventional women. Paula has been a faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 2016 and at the Johns Hopkins University since 2018. She recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in harpsichord at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she was the recipient of the Dean's Doctoral Fellowship. 

The Ugly Virtuosa
Expanding the Music Theory Canon


Living Poetry Project 


"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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