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A Harmony of Beauty and Tradition

We are musicians and scholars, creators and admirers of beauty who explore the depths of tradition, both secular and sacred, and use it to serve the world through music today.

Washington, D.C.

Known for art, culture, and theater, the city is a hub for new music, performances by world-renowned artists, and an abundance of venues where young musicians perform on a regular basis.

World-class Programs

Choose from over 30 degree programs in music. Pursue the path on which your passion for creating and performing will come alive.

Sacred Music

Through our sacred music programs, we use our gifts to serve the Church and the world, drawing people closer to the divine through music in the Catholic tradition.

The Preeminent Center for Music Study, Performance, and Research in Catholic Higher Education

Whether in the classroom or in student performances on campus, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, or in other venues across D.C., you will hone your skills, pursue your passion, and use the beauty you create to serve your community and the world. You will be encouraged and inspired by renowned faculty in a comprehensive, conservatory-style environment that fosters excellence in concert, stage, and church performance, as well as in music education.

All of our Music degrees are fully accredited through the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

The Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America voted on June 5, 2018, to unite the Departments of Drama and Art, previously in the School of Arts and Sciences, with the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music to create the new Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art. This new school includes the Department of Music Performance; the Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition; the Department of Drama; and the Department of Art.

Explore Our Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Degrees in composition, music education, musical theatre, orchestral instruments/guitar, piano, voice, and more.

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Master’s Programs

Choose from master’s degrees in orchestral conducting, pedagogy, performance, sacred music, musicology, and more.

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Doctoral Programs

Focus your doctorate on composition, orchestral conducting, pedagogy, performance, sacred music or musicology.

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Graduate Artist Diploma

A graduate-level, non-degree program for students seeking total concentration in a specific performance area.

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Performances and Events

Admission Information

Audition Information

Audition Information

Ready to audition? Choose your music division of interest and preview their specific audition requirement and dates available, and take the next step in pursuing your passion.

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Scholarships and Aid

Scholarships and Aid

The Departments of Music offer scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. All students who audition are considered for music scholarships.

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  • Outstanding Faculty

    Our faculty, with lifelong careers of studying and producing beautiful music, is invested in fostering your talent and instilling the confidence in you to become the musician you’ve always dreamed of being.

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    Outstanding Faculty
  • Student Experience

    From a cappella groups to the Center Stage Theatre Company, campus radio or one of our dance clubs, there are countless ways to get involved on campus and forge friendships with peers who share your same passions.

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    Student Experience
  • Study Abroad

    Our students can be found studying musical theatre in London or working alongside faculty in China, Italy, Portugal and beyond, gaining experience and taking in beauty across the globe.

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    Study Abroad
  • Latin American Music Center

    Those interested in the music of North and South America and the Caribbean region come together and collaborate in our Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music.

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    Latin American Music Center
  • International Center for Ward Method Studies

    The International Center for Ward Method Studies exists to promote the teaching and preservation of Gregorian Chant according to the principles and techniques of Dom André Mocquereau and to advance the teaching of the Ward Method of Music Instruction for Catholic Schools in the United States and internationally.

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    International Center for Ward Method Studies

Musician's Health

Health and Safety for Musicians

 The Catholic University Departments of Music are required by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) to inform students, faculty and staff of health and safety issues associated with music practice, performance, listening, and teaching.

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