Desirée Mayr is a Professor of Music at Bahia State University, teacher, and violinist in the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. She studies the work of the Brazilian nineteenth-century composer Leopoldo Miguéz, and has taught analysis of Brazilian romantic works at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

Desirée obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in music from UFRJ, researching for six months at Durham University with a CAPES Scholarship, where she also did her post-doctorate. Desirée has a Licentiate in Violin Performance from the ABRSM (1995), a B.A. in music (violin) from the UFRJ, and a B.A. in mathematics and physics from King’s College, London, as well as pedagogical training from Candido Mendes University.

Desirée frequently participates in international conferences and has published her work in journals, such as Opus. 


Ph.D. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Poetics of Musical Creation (2018)

Thesis: “The Identification of Developing Variation in Johannes Brahms Op. 78 and Leopoldo Miguéz Op. 14 Violin Sonatas through Derivative Analysis”

M.A. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2015)

Blog Posts

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    “Sonata Form Through the Eyes of Leopoldo Miguéz” Society for Music Theory Annual Conference, Jacksonville, Florida, 2nd-9th November 2021.


    MusMat Research Group (Mathematical models applied to music composition and analysis) – Graduate Music Program at UFRJ

    Brazilian Association of Research on Music (ANPPOM)

    Brazilian Association of Music Theory and Analysis (TEMA)

    International Musicological Society (IMS)

    Royal Music Association (RMA)

    Society for Music Analysis (SMA)

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