Divya Maus (B.A. in Music – USC Thornton School of Music, M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing – NYU Tisch School of the Arts) is a composer and songwriter whose pieces have been performed at jazz and choral festivals across the country, as well as major venues that include the Lincoln Center, the Apple Room, and Feinstein's 54 Below in NYC and the Grammy Museum, Rockwell Table & Stage, and the Ricardo Montalbàn Theatre in Los Angeles. In 2013, Divya released her debut album, BIGGER, which led to an opening performance for the Beach Boys in Los Angeles, and earned her song “Salty Water” a finalist placement in the Great American Song Contest. Divya's compositions have been performed by such notable singers as Shoshana Bean, Carrie Manolakos, and Luke Edgemon. In the fall of 2016, she appeared as “Jo” in the FOGG Theatre Company’s workshop production of the musical ‘Bottle Shock’ in San Francisco. Divya is a proud member of the contemporary chamber choir, L.A. Choral Lab, an ensemble of professional singers and musicians in Los Angeles, which champions new composers and ground-breaking contemporary choral work along with its traditional classical repertoire.
Before Divya moved to the U.S. in 2004, her family lived alternately between Germany, India, and England. The cultures and places that influenced her youth shape her identity as a composer today. Her work is driven by story-telling in all its different shapes; not exclusively pop songwriting or musical theatre, but all the forms in which music can be used to tell a story.
She is enraptured by musical films, by animation and illustration, by dance scores, by plays, and by jazz big bands.
Currently, she is working on an animated film musical, a new album of original songs, and continuing to develop two stage musicals – one of them The Mollyhouse, written with bookwriter/lyricist, Richard Hanson.