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Academic Area

  • Musical Theatre
  • School

  • Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art
  • Marc Bryan Lilley has been working as a professional accompanist, vocal coach, and music director for the Washington D.C. theatre community since he was fourteen years old. He began teaching for the Rome School in 2012 after receiving his master’s degree in Conducting for the Stage from Ithaca College (MM, 2009). During his time at CUA he has music directed numerous main stage productions, cabarets, and showcase performances. As well as regional and national premiers of several new works produced in conjunction with the Rome School. Recent credits include a workshop production of “The Fourth Estate,” a new musical by John Fritz (and, “Unlimited,” a new musical review of the music of Stephen Schwartz. He currently serves as principle accompanist, vocal coach and head of all vocal activities for all undergraduates in the musical theatre program. He frequently works as an accompanist and vocal coach for award winning regional theatres such as; Signature Theatre, Keegan Theatre, Next Stop Theatre Company, Imagination Stage, Roundhouse Theatre and others. Other educational work includes music directing for Montgomery College, in Rockville MD, as well as The Washington Theatre Labs Musical Theatre Institute for Teens. He is also the Co-coordinator of Catholic University’s Summer High School Theatre Intensive. Prior to working for CUA, Bryan served as pianist and assistant conductor for the international tour of The New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra as well as the national tour of The Hollywood Concert Orchestra’s production of “A Night at the Oscars,” a concert review with the legendary Singer/Actress, Shirley Jones. As a choral and orchestral conductor he has also been featured on EWTN broadcasts. Bryan currently serves as the Director or music and Organist at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, in Fairfax VA. He has also had the honor of performing as a liturgical musician for both the current and former Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States as well as several congressmen and woman, and several U.S. Senators.

    As an alumnus of the CUA musical theatre program (BM, 2006), he is extremely proud to be the head of such an exciting area and hopes that every student who graduates is able to pursue a finely integrated career as a talented and compassionate humanitarian in the arts.