The Catholic University of America

Welcome to the Music Composition Area at CUA! 

50th Anniversary Composition Competition


Composition Calendar  |  Media  |  Careers in Composition

Student SCI Chapter  |  New Voices Festival

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 and beyond, challenge yourself to master the tools of your craft, and create your own artistic identity in the supportive atmosphere of our studio.

Compose -
Innovate - Learn - Perform



50th Anniversary Composition Competition Announced
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2015, and the Composition Area has issued a Composition Competition for an orchestral work to be premiered by the CUA Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall on April 12, 2015. The competition is open to any alumnus or currently enrolled student of the School of Music. Deadline for receipt of full scores (hard copy only) is Nov. 30, 2014.

For more information and the official entry form, click here.

String Orchestra Student Composition Reading Session
Tues. April 29, 2014
Come hear our annual orchestral readings session featuring new works by CUA Undergraduate and Graduate composition students performed by the CUA Symphony Orchestra strings and percussion.

4:10 - 7:00 pm, Ward Hall, John Paul Rehearsal Hall, Rm 220 Admission is free, and open to the CUA community.

Composition Division Spring Recital
Sat. April 5, 2014
Come hear brand new new works by CUA's composition Majors and Minors performed by CUA students in our Spring semester recital.

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

Anonymous 4 Mezzo, Jacqui Horner-Kwiatek, visits CUA!
Mon. February 24, 2014
Mezzo-soprano and member of Grammy Award Winning vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, Jacqui Horner-Kwiatek will give the premieres of three new compositions for solo voice by CUA student composers (Amanda Bono, DMA; Joe Taylor, BM; John Tafone, BM) in a performance-workshop-demonstration during our weekly installment of Studio X.

3:40 pm - 4:55 pm, Ward Hall, John Paul Rehearsal Hall, Rm 220
Admission is free, and open to the CUA community.
For more on Jacqui, visit:

Premiere by CUA DMA Student
Tues. February 4, 2014
CUA Composition Doctoral candidate Jeff Cortazzo will give the premiere of his new work Nightsounds, Op. 19, for five clarinets, performed by the U.S. Army Band. For details, visit:

New Voices @ CUA
Fri. - Sat. January 24 - 25, 2014

CUA's student SCI chapter presents its fourth annual two-day festival of new vocal music by composers from CUA and around the country. The festival includes four recitals of new music and features CUA's contemporary music ensemble, CUA performance majors, and guest performers. For more information click here.


For more past events, visit our Announcements and News Archives.



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