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Catherine Mayes

Associate Professor, Musicology

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 in 2012 after teaching at Cornell University, Ithaca College, and 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 her doctoral dissertation in recognition of “the highest excellence in English prose.”

Catherine’s research focuses primarily on exoticism and national styles in music of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, with particular attention to the cultural perceptions and market forces that shaped Western European engagement with Eastern European music at this time. Her articles and book chapters have been published in Eighteenth-Century Music, Music & Letters, Journal of Music History Pedagogy, The Oxford Handbook of Topic Theory, The Cambridge Haydn Encyclopedia, 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). With the support of a Faculty Release for Scholarly Pursuits from the University of Utah’s Research Committee and a Virgil C. Aldrich fellowship from the Tanner Center for the Humanities, she is currently writing a book tentatively titled Hungarian Dances in Eighteenth-Century Vienna.

Catherine’s research and teaching have been funded and recognized by numerous grants and awards from the U.S. Department of Education, Cornell University, and the University of Utah. For her article “Eastern European National Music as Concept and Commodity at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century” (February 2014) she won the Westrup Prize, awarded annually for “an article of particular distinction” published in Music & Letters. She was the 2018 recipient of the University of Utah College of Fine Arts Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching.

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: 7/12/22