About Us

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Musica Spira (Music Breathes) gives new life to the complex and often underrepresented stories

of early modern women through unique concert programs that highlight the accomplishments of

female musicians in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Described as being able to “draw

musical traditions of the past and present into renewed conversations about the importance of life

and values,” co-directors Grace Srinivasan (soprano) and Paula Maust (harpsichord and organ)

combine serious scholarly research with innovative musical programming to create concert

themes that advocate for the empowerment of women. Founded in 2016 and based in the

Baltimore, MD-Washington, D.C. area, Musica Spira’s recent programs include “The Women

Who Took the Stage,” “Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Women Who Defied the Odds,” and “In

Pursuit of Fidelity.” They have performed on concert series at the Walters Art Museum in

Baltimore, the University of Maryland, SoHIP series in Boston, MA, Baltimore County, the Pioneer Valley Early Music Day in

Massachusetts, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Lebanon, PA.

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