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There are as many ways to make music as there are composers.
At CUA, we pride ourselves on helping you find your creative voice.  You will experience your own music in performance, discover the dynamic modern world of the arts in Washington D.C. and beyond, challenge yourself to master the tools of your craft, and create your own artistic identity in the supportive atmosphere of our studios.

Compose -
Innovate - Learn - Perform



(For more, visit our Announcements and News Archives)


CUA Alumus John Henderson premieres new composition for Pope Francis' visit to CUA

CUA Composition alumnus John Henderson (BMus 2013) performed in the premiere of his new work composed for the Canonization Mass of St. Junipero Serra, on September 23rd, 2015, performed by members of the Choir of the Basilic of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Read the New York Times story here.



24-Hour Musical
Sat. & Sun. September 18 - 19, 2015
Come hear the annual Center Stage presentation of a CUA composition division tradition where musical scenes are composed and performed within a 24-hour period.
Start time: tba
Ward Hall, Ward Recital Hall
Admission is free.

DMA Composition Recital
Fri. October 30, 2015
Amanda Bono's DMA Composition Recital will feature chamber and vocal music composed throughout her degree program, performed by CUA students.

8:00 pm, Ward Recital Hall
Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

University Christmas Concert
Fri. December 4, 2015
Join us for our annual Christmas Concert for Charity in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, featuring the premiere of CUA Composition faculty member Dr. Robert A. Baker's Stellam - Lunam - Rorate caeli desuper, for soprano solo, chorus and orchestra.

7:30 pm, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Admission Free


Composition Division Fall Recital
Fri. December 11, 2015
Come hear brand new new works by CUA's composition Majors and Minors, current faculty, performed by CUA students, faculty and the CUA Contemporary Music Ensemble, comprisd of Graduate Performance majors.

7:30 pm, Ward Hall recital Hall
Admission is free, and the public is welcome.
Reception to follow.


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Excerpt from the manuscript of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire (above) held in the Library of Congress, Music Reading Room, Washington D.C.

our programs at a glance

We also cooperate with the Institute of Sacred Music to offer lessons and artistic support for those pursuing the MM and DMA degrees in Sacred Music with an emphasis in Composition.

Contact composition

Professor Andrew E. Simpson
Head, Division of Theory-Composition
Ward Hall 28
Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20064

Phone: 202-319-5564
Fax: 202-319-6280

Watch a video introduction to the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music''s distinct architectural features