Praised as “a refined and elegant performer” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, Paula Maust performs extensively as a harpsichordist and organist across the United States as a soloist, chamber musician, and church musician. Her diverse musical career focuses on historical performance practice and combines her distinct interests in performance, pedagogy, and scholarship. Paula is a co-director of Burning River Baroque, and she has also collaborated with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Baroque Band, El Fuego Fire, and New Comma Baroque. Recent significant performances include Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in G Minor, Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. In addition to performing, Paula teaches masterclasses and presents engaging lectures to introduce people to the harpsichord. She also worked as a music theory and ear training graduate teaching assistant at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Paula was recently awarded the Dean’s DMA Fellowship to pursue doctoral studies in harpsichord at the Peabody Institute. She earned the MM Degree in Early Music: Harpsichord from Peabody and the MM Degree in Organ from the Cleveland Institute of Music. At CIM, Paula was awarded the Dean’s Award for the graduate student with the highest academic achievement. She completed the BM Degree in Church music at Valparaiso University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was an associate scholar in the interdisciplinary honors college. Her teachers have included Adam Pearl, Webb Wiggins, Todd Wilson, and Lorraine Brugh. Further information can be found at her website:
Praised for her “beautiful vocalism” (San Francisco Gate) and engaging presence, soprano Grace Srinivasan has established herself in the Baltimore-Washington area as a performer of a wide spectrum of repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary compositions. Grace’s recent roles include Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte), High Priestess (Marais’ Semele), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), and Laurie Moss (The Tender Land), as well as solos in Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Messiah, Monteverdi’s Vespers, and Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes.
A graduate of Peabody Conservatory (M.M Vocal Performance) where she studied with baritone William Sharp, and the George Washington University (B.A. in Music), Grace is a member of several ensembles including the Peabody Consort and the Bridge Ensemble, and has toured internationally with the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble and GWU Singers. While at Peabody, Grace was the recipient of the voice graduate assistantship and the George Castelle Memorial Award in voice.
A Washington, D.C. area native, Grace has sung professionally as a cantor and soprano at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. for five years and has sung with Cantate Chamber Singers, UMD Concert Choir, and The Washington Chorus at venues such as the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap. She also worked for the Phillips Collection’s Sunday concert series during the 2013-14 season. In September 2014 she appeared in the PBS docudrama Enemy of the Reich as Noor Inayat Khan.