Research Areas



M.M., University of Massachusetts at Amherst

B.A., Smith College


Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Foundling Baroque Orchestra and Women's Advocacy Project

Quince String Band

Faculty Page at the Longy School of Music

Personal Web Page

Dana Maiben

Dana Maiben

Dana Maiben

A musician all my life, I’m currently active as a composer, conductor, writer, teacher, and performer on violin, viola, and historical keyboard instruments. I am the Founding Music Director of Foundling Baroque Orchestra and Women’s Advocacy Project, whose work to raise awareness about domestic violence was honored by the Women’s Center of Rhode Island with a 2004 Woman of Excellence Award. I grew up in Salt Lake City and won a number of honors as a young concert artist, performing as a soloist with the Utah Symphony and winning a scholarship to Oberlin Conservatory. I began specializing in early music repertories while at Oberlin, and continued my studies of medieval, renaissance and baroque music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland, where I began my first compositional explorations.

Since returning to the States, I have taught at the Eastman School of Music and the Longy School of Music, have finished two university degrees, have performed in more than 20 professional recordings, and have concertized in Europe, Asia, and North America, often serving as guest director and soloist. I count Thomas Binkley, James Caldwell, Jaap Schroeder, Elaine Richey, Paula Josa Jones, Ron Perera, and Lou Harrison as important mentors. My first chamber opera, based on the play by Gertrude Stein, was performed in staged workshop at Smith College in 1998 . My most recent composition, setting poems by Martha Collins, was premiered at Brandeis under the auspices of the WSRC in 2013.

Current Projects

I plan to pursue further performances of my musical settings, premiered at Brandeis in 2013, of Martha Collins’s The Green House; to continue work on a series of accompanying essays on musical poetics; to begin work on a monograph on feminist musical aesthetics; and to outline and begin work on a new musical composition.

Representative Publications

Maiben, Dana. “Francesca LeBrun (1756-1791).” In CD booklet for Francesca LeBrun (1756-1791): Six Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin, Opus 1, World Premiere Recording, by Monica Jakuc and Dana Maiben, 1-7. New York: Dorian Discovery, 1997.

Maiben, Dana. “To make a Prairie...” Text by Emily Dickonson. Included on CD A Stroll Through Our Neighborhood (New York: Orfeo Duo, 2006).