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Media: A Gallery of CUA New Music

As you've been reading about Composition at CUA, here is a chance to listen to it.  We invite you to explore this gallery of original work by CUA student, faculty, and alumni composers.  Our large, vibrant, diverse community, as you will hear, writes in many different styles, drawing on a myriad of influences and interests.  

Some excerpts are from commercial recordings, some are from live performances; many performances of these pieces took place on our campus; many involved CUA faculty or student performers.   

This gallery presents our compositional community in an immediate, accessible format, via streaming audio and video.  Here you will find chamber music, choral music, musical theater, opera, electronic music, extended instrumental techniques, music inspired by folk song, and much more. 

Works by CUA faculty composers

Andrew Earle Simpson (Ordinary Professor) 
 "Nero and the Golden House," finale of Four Views of Pompeii (excerpt) Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players


Andrew Earle Simpson (Ordinary Professor)

  • phos, for piano and percussion (excerpt). Contemporary Music Forum, Washington, DC, 2001
  • Wayfaring Stranger, for soprano solo, SATB chorus, and chamber ensemble (complete piece). Catholic University of America Chorus and Chamber Players, Leo Nestor, conductor, 2006

Steven Strunk (Ordinary Professor)

  • Clones, for piano solo (excerpt). Andrew Earle Simpson, piano, 2000

Joseph Santo (Assistant Dean)

From "Rimas Sacras" (excerpts). Rosemarie Houghton, soprano, Carlos Rodriguez, piano, 2004

Works by current  CUA students
Works by CUA Composition alumni
Robert Martinez (MM Composition, Concert Music Emphasis)
  • La Cucaracha (from "New Old American Songs," a joint commission project by the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music). CUA Chorus and Festival Chamber Players, Leo Nestor, conductor, 2006


Media: Audio Files from CUA Composers

Welcome to our new media page!  This is a gallery of musical samples by our faculty and students.  All of these are excerpts from longer pieces.  As this gallery shows, our composers write in a wide variety of styles and have diverse interests. 

Andrew Earle Simpson (Ordinary Professor)

Listen The Golden Prophecy, for alto saxophone and piano.  Noah Getz, saxophone, Andrew Simpson, piano
Listen The Furies, opera in one act (finale).  Catholic University of America Opera Theater
Listen Exhortation III, for double bass solo.  Michael Cameron, double bass
Listen Tesserae: Six Mosaics of Ancient Rome for flute, viola, and guitar (Movement 4, "Banqueting Music"). Red Cedar Trio

Steven Strunk
(Ordinary Professor)

Listen References, for large chamber ensemble
Listen Clones, for piano solo. Andrew Earle Simpson, piano

Stephen Gorbos
(Assistant Professor)
Listen Signals, for flute, clarinet, electric guitar, bass, and piano.  Live performance, the NOW Ensemble, An Die Musik, Baltimore, MD
Listen Echoes of Amber, for soprano saxophone and electronics. Live performance, Noah Getz, Catholic University of America

Kyle Gullings
(DMA student)
Listen "Plumtree 2," soprano aria from the opera Oblivion
Listen "Night in Kalapa 1," baritone aria from Oblivion  
Listen "I Fall Asleep," tenor aria from Oblivion 

Capital Fringe Festival, 2010.  Rachel Barham, soprano, Alex Wolniak, tenor, James Rogers, baritone.

Roc Lee (MM Stage Music Emphasis student)

 Listen Sound of Trees, text from Robert Frost

Roc Lee, speaker

Andrew Morrissey (MM Stage Music Emphasis student)
Listen I Woke Today, Brady Lynch, soprano, Andrew Morrissey, piano