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Catherine Mayes

Assistant Professor, Musicology
Musicology Area Head

PhD, Cornell University
BMus, McGill University
ARCT, Royal Conservatory of Music

Phone: 801-585-6193
Office: DGH 214
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Catherine Mayes joined the faculty of the School of Music as Assistant Professor of Musicology in 2012 after serving for three years as Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology and Music Theory at the University of Notre Dame. She holds an ARCT diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Music with honors in music theory and concentration in piano awarded with highest distinction from McGill University, and a PhD with concentrations in musicology and music theory from Cornell University. Cornell’s Department of English awarded her the Guilford Prize for “the highest excellence in English prose” for her doctoral dissertation “Domesticating the Foreign: Hungarian-Gypsy Music in Vienna at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century.”

Catherine’s research focuses on exoticism and national styles in music of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, with particular attention to Viennese representations of Hungarian-Gypsy music and to the cultural perceptions and market forces that shaped representations of Eastern European music more broadly at this time. She has given talks on these topics at numerous national and international conferences, and her articles and book chapters have been published in Eighteenth-Century Music, Music & Letters, The Oxford Handbook of Topic Theory (awarded the Society for Music Theory’s Citation of Special Merit), and Consuming Music: Individuals, Institutions, Communities, 1730–1830, a volume of essays she co-edited with Emily H. Green (Eastman Studies in Music, University of Rochester Press; Consuming Music). Her most recent research is forthcoming in The Cambridge Haydn Encyclopedia.

Catherine won the Westrup Prize, awarded annually for “an article of particular distinction” published in Music & Letters, for her article “Eastern European National Music as Concept and Commodity at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century” (February 2014 issue).

Courses Taught

  • Music History II: The Mid 18th through the Late 19th Centuries
  • Classical Literature
  • Romantic Literature
  • Special Topics in Musicology
  • Music Bibliography
Last Updated: 8/22/18