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 early modern 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 include the construction of a modern performance edition and a contemporary reconstruction of François Bouvard's Médus


Equally committed to both performance and scholarship, her primary research areas include the reception history of 17th and 18th-century female professional musicians and early modern society’s fascination with unconventional women. She presented “Turning the Madwoman Upside Down” at the 2019 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, "Notorious Prostituted Strumpets on the English Restoration Stage" at the Capital Chapter Meeting of AMS, and "Forth From Her Pen" for the Pioneer Valley Symphony. Paula completed a doctorate degree in harpsichord at Peabody, where she was the recipient of the Dean’s DMA fellowship. She 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.


2016 - 2019

Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

DMA, Harpsichord

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

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