The Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree is offered to selected qualified students as a recognition of high professional attainment in composition, pedagogy, performance, or sacred music.
Applicants who qualify for entrance to this program will major in one of the following areas: composition, pedagogy (piano or voice), performance (chamber music, orchestral instruments*, piano, vocal accompanying, voice), orchestral conducting, or sacred music.
The Doctor of Musical Arts degree is not offered in the area of percussion, guitar, harp, euphonium, or saxophone.
The objective of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts is to provide an opportunity for advanced study at the highest artistic and pedagogical level. For this reason, admission to candidacy is highly selective.
The Instrumental Music Division is made up of approximately 25 undergraduates (divided between Music Education and Performance), and 45 graduate students (all studying performance). The richness of playing across all instruments is displayed in our ensembles: the Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Searle, and the Catholic University of America Wind Ensemble, conducted by John Mitchell.
Many orchestral instruments students are members of the CUA Symphony Orchestra, which performs major orchestral works regularly throughout the year. The Orchestra also serves as the ensemble for CUA Opera Theatre, and is featured in the Annual Christmas Concert for Charity, broadcast on EWTN from the Basilica of National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception each year. In addition, the orchestra plays for the CUA Chorus when performing major works, such as Elijah, and Verdi's Requiem. This gives the CUA Symphony Orchestra players a deep breadth of scope and repertoire during their years at CUA. Graduate students and undergraduates sit together in the ensemble, creating an opportunity for mentorship between experienced players and new music students. Special events include a recent appearance at Carnegie Hall featuring selected members of the Orchestra under the direction of David Searle.
Open to the University and community by audition, the CUA Wind Ensemble forms a major part of many students' ensemble experience in the School of Music.
Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music seeks to educate, engage, and energize its student body in a dynamic program that integrates classroom learning with real world performance, research, and teaching. Our variety of undergraduate and graduate majors allows each student to find his or her niche and to develop and grow into professional performing musicians, scholars, educators and composers who are ready for a 21st century musical career.
With approximately 300 music students, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music maintains a wonderful, diverse community for new students within the context of a medium-sized university. Students form relationships with their peers; these friendships become professional contacts during careers in the arts. With students from Washington, D.C., around the United States and throughout the world, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is a place of nurturing, growth, and diversity that welcomes students to its doors.