MAGNIFYING, No. 8: Catherine Mayes

January 24 2018

By Noelle Sharp


For this episode of MAGNIFYING we spoke with Musicology Area Head and Assistant Professor in the School Of Music, Catherine Mayes. Our creative community here at the College of Fine Arts is diverse and wide spread. With the goal of gaining a deeper knowledge and awareness of the people within our community, we bring you MAGNIFYING, a series dedicated to showcasing the talent of our students, faculty, and staff.

Tell us about yourself: Name, where you are from, what you do and how you got into in your field of work.
I am from Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. I’m an assistant professor of musicology in the School of Music. My research and teaching focus on European music culture of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. As a child, I played the violin and the piano, and I became more serious about studying music in high school. I completed a diploma in piano performance through Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music and I did my undergraduate studies in music theory and piano at McGill University, where I discovered that I loved thinking and writing about music as much as playing it. I went on to graduate studies in musicology at Cornell University, where I received my PhD.

What has surprised you the most in your life?
That my children are Utahns!

What do you wish you had known/been told?
Life makes a lot of decisions for you.