Students work towards mastery of their instrument not only for ensemble playing, but for solo performance and chamber music. Students study with some of the best teachers in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area, with players in the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Washington National Opera Orchestra.

With all of the performing opportunities in Washington, D.C., Catholic University is the perfect place to hone your craft, and start sharing your art with the world.

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    Orchestral Instruments-Guitar (B.M.)

    Students in this program enthusiastically embrace the discipline and joyous work of bringing great music to life, while developing technical skill and musical imagination. 

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    Orchestral Conducting (M.M.)

    Conducting students get the chance to observe and assist with at least one Catholic University opera production and at least one Catholic University musical theatre production.

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    Performance (M.M.)

    The Master of Music in Performance is available in the following tracks: chamber music (piano), orchestral instruments/guitar, piano, vocal accompanying, and voice.

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  • Student conducting

    Orchestral Conducting (D.M.A.)

    Students will study with major orchestral conducting faculty each semester to receive the full benefit of varied interpretative and technical perspectives.

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    Performance (D.M.A.)

    The music school offers a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance in chamber music (piano), orchestral instruments/guitar, piano, vocal accompanying, and voice.

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