Dr. Timothy McDonnell, director of Choral Activities and director of Institute of Sacred Music (mcdonnell@cua.edu).


MM and DMA RECITALS in Sacred Music


Choral, organ and vocal literature in the graduate recitals and original works in the area of composition must be approved by the principal applied professor and in consultation with the director of program.  Applied professors are to attend one rehearsal and dress rehearsal for choral and composition recitals.

Complete work citations, composer, dates, sources, opus, number, collection are listed in the program and accompanying materials.

The program must include complete texts in original languages and English translation; poets, authors are to be listed with appropriate dates and citations of source, collection.

Program notes are to be constructed in consultation with the major applied professor; the performer may opt to also include pertinent verbal comment in the context of the recital; these comments are to be prepared in writing and reviewed with the major applied professor.



The recital hearing must be approved by the applied faculty and director of program.

In the case of choral and composition recitals, approval of the principal professor must be given at a rehearsal well in anticipation of the dress rehearsal. Specific directive pertaining to performance is to be given to the student in the case of need for improvement.



100% of the weight is placed on the MM and DMA recitals: Successful recital hearings do not guarantee a pass.  The faculty is in concord that the degrees in Sacred Music are performance degrees and are to be adjudicated at the same levels as the corresponding degrees in the MM and DMA categories in performance and composition.

At least two faculty members must be present for MM and DMA recitals.  In the event that permission is given for a recital to be given for cogent reason outside of the Washington DC area, one faculty member must be present and the performance must be videotaped with acceptable audio quality for evaluation by the director of program and any other faculty appropriately involved.

The official recital report is completed by the faculty members for each degree recital; the options are pass, fail, pass with conditions.  Conditional passes are normally completed within the same term as the recital.  For the student’s benefit following the recital, the student and faculty make an appointment for discussion and evaluation of the performance in a timely manner.



MM: one graduate recital

DMA: three graduate recitals (and dissertation)