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Welcome to the Music Composition Area at CUA! 

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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



SONAR New Music Ensemble
in Concert

Sun. March 6, 2016 (NOTE: New Date)

The Composition Division is delighted to host this cutting edge new music ensemble from Baltimore, performing new and recent string quartets by Cage, Schnittke, Pintshcer, Berg, Wohl, and John Adams.
8:00 pm, Ward Hall Recital Hall.

Guest Composer Lecture: David Smooke
Wed. February 17, 2016

The Composition Division proudly presents composer and theorist Dr. David Smooke as the Spring 2016 Guest Composer. 

(Enrolled Students only in MUS 404/629/829: Composition Seminar) ________________________________________________________

Composition Division Spring Concert
Fri. April 15, 2016
Come hear brand new new works by CUA's composition syudents and 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.

String Orchestra Student Composition Reading Session
Thurs. April 21, 2016
Come hear our Spring String Orchestral Readings Session featuring new works by CUA Undergraduate and Graduate composition students performed by the CUA Symphony Orchestra strings and percussion. Time tba, Ward Hall, John Paul Rehearsal Hall, Rm 220 Admission is free, and open to the CUA community.

For 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