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the cua student chapter of sci, the society of composers, inc.
What is SCI?
SCI is a national composers' organization which has both professional and student chapters. Both undergraduate and graduate student composers are eligible to join.
What does CUA's student chapter do?
The CUA student chapter of SCI presents two concerts per year of student works and other special events. On September 10-11, 2010, the SCI chapter presented NEW VOICES @ CUA: a two-day festival of vocal music.
How can I get involved?
If you are interested in joining SCI at CUA, participating in an event, or simply coming to a concert, send an email to SCI to let them know you're interested!
ANNOUNCEMENTS - NEWS
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2013 graduates!
Brian Rice, DMA Composition
John Henderson, BM Composition
We wish them good fortune and much success in the years to come.
CUA COMPOSERS IN PERFORMANCE
Watch a portion of the Baccalaureate Mass featuring a new work by Brian Rice (DMA, 2013), Procession of the Robes:
Watch Next Parallel Ensemble perform a movement from CUA faculty Andrew Simpson's Chamber Concerto:
March 22, 2013: Jason R. Lovelace, Clinical Assistant Professor, will premiere his new piano composition, Nocturne: Inversions at the College Music Society Rocky Mountain Chapter Conference in Denver, CO.
March 20, 2013: Jeff Cortazo, doctoral candidate at CUA, will celebrate the premiere of Mesozoic Suite for 12 trombones and percussion, by the Washington Trombone Ensemble at Brucker Hall in Ft. Myer, VA.
Friday, February 1, 2013: Pictures on Silence premieres Andrew Simpson's Orpheus and the Secret Road, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
NEW VOICES a success! Congratulations to the students and CUA composers who performed and had works performed on the 3rd annual festival.
October 2012: Jeff Cortazzo, doctoral candidate at CUA, enjoyed the performance of his Piedmont Sonata during a joint concert between the U.S. Army's woodwind quintet Pershing's Own and performers of China's People's Liberation Army Band. The performance was held in Beijing, China.
Sunday, October 7, 2012: Andrew Simpson, head of Theory--Composition, will be premiering his new silent film score for the movie The Yellow Ticket at the Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone, Italy.
November 15-18, 2012: Brian Rice, doctoral candidate in composition, created the pit arrangement for CUA's fall opera production, The Merry Widow.
December 31, 2012: Justus Parrotta, doctoral candidate in composition, will be premiering a new organ work at St. Columbia's Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.
January 25-26, 2013: New Voices @ CUA: A very successful student-run, two-day festival of vocal music, which debuted in 2010, will take place for a third year in January 2013. The festival includes four recitals of new music and features the Great Noise Ensemble, Ensemble in Residence for the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.
our programs at a glance
- BM in Composition
- MM in Composition, Stage Music
- MM in Composition, Concert Music
- DMA in Composition
- Undergraduate Minor in Composition
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
Watch a video introduction to the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music''s distinct architectural features