Praised as “a refined and elegant performer” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, harpsichordist and organist Dr. Paula Maust performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician across North America. She is a co-director of both Burning River Baroque and Musica Spira and is dedicated to edgy concert programming and lectures connecting baroque music to current social issues including the #MeToo movement, women’s empowerment, refugees, and environmental concerns. This season’s projects include “The Ugly Virtuosa,” “Witches: Revered and Reviled,” and “A Mad, Burning Desire.” Other recent collaborations include performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Tempesta di Mare, the Washington Bach Consort, Modern Musick, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Third Practice, the Folger Consort, Aisslinn Nosky, the Hexacollective, and the Virginia Symphony.


Paula has been a faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 2016 where she teaches harpsichord, organ, music theory, keyboard skills, and music history courses. She also teaches music theory and aural skills at the Johns Hopkins University. An advocate for conducting dramatic early modern works from the keyboard, last season she directed a program of baroque opera scenes in collaboration with UMBC’s Collegium Musicum and Opera Workshop and was the assistant music director for Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas and The Fairy-Queen with the Peabody Institute’s historical performance department. Upcoming opera projects will focus on twenty-first century recreations and recordings of baroque operas that have not been performed since their premieres. 


Paula recently completed a doctorate degree in harpsichord at Peabody, where she was the recipient of the Dean’s DMA fellowship. Equally committed to both performance and scholarship, her primary research areas include the reception history of 17th-century female professional musicians and early modern society’s fascination with unconventional women. This fall she will present “Turning the Madwoman Upside Down” at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society as well as at the Peabody Musicology Colloquium. Other recent lectures include "The Women Who Took the Stage" at the Shenandoah Conservatory and Bard High School Early College. Paula earned Master of Music degrees in harpsichord and organ from Peabody and the Cleveland Institute of Music, respectively, and she completed her Bachelor of Music degree in church music/organ at Valparaiso University. Her teachers have included Adam Pearl, Webb Wiggins, Todd Wilson, and Lorraine Brugh.



The Other Side of the Story

2019 Lecture and Concert Series

2016 - 2019

Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

DMA, Harpsichord

Destructive Desires

2018 Lecture and Concert Series 

2014 - 2016

Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

MM, Harpsichord and Early Music

2010 - 2012

Cleveland Institute of Music

MM, Organ

Early Music Certificate from CWRU

2005 - 2009

Valparaiso University

BM, Organ and Church Music

Turning the Madwoman Upside Down

2019-2020 Lecture Series

The Women Who Took the Stage

2018-2019 Lecture and Concert Series

The Ugly Virtuosa

2019-2020 Lecture and Concert Series

The Stylus Phantasticus and Seventeenth-Century Pipe Organs as Cabinets of Curiosity

2019 Lecture Series

© 2018 by Paula Maust