The Catholic University of America

Composition Faculty

The composition faculty at CUA is a diverse group of composer-performers, bringing many musical backgrounds and style traits.  We are pianists, conductors, organists, singers, and wind players, and have substantial performing experience, both as soloists and with ensembles.  As a result, our creative works and our musical interests cover a broad spectrum: opera, sacred choral music, vocal and instrumental chamber music, electronic music, jazz, musical theater, music for film (both sound and silent) and dance.

Because we view the process of realizing a new piece from both the composer's and the performer's perspective, we are able to assist you more effectively when you bring your own pieces to performance.  As you work on pieces in private lessons, we work to ensure that those pieces are the best possible expressions of your ideas; as you prepare your new piece for reading or performance, we focus on such practical matters as notation, part preparation, rehearsal scheduling, contacting performers and conductors, in order to streamline this complex process as much as possible. 

Full-time Faculty

GorbosStephen Gorbos, DMA  Associate Professor, Head of Composition and Theory.

SimpsonAndrew Simpson, DM
Ordinary Professor, Director of the MM Stage Music Degree.

BakerRobert Baker, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Director of the Contempoary Music Ensemble.












Part-time Faculty

Updates in progress for 2016-2017