News from the School of Music

  • Annual Christmas Concert to Benefit Hurricane Relief

    Valencio Jackson, a Catholic University doctoral student in composition from the Virgin Islands, will premier his composition, titled “Hush,”  based on the text of Isaac Watts’s “Cradle Hymn,” during the Annual Christmas Concert for Charity  on Friday, Dec. 1.

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  • Operas Explore the Search for ‘Happily Ever After’

    The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America presents two operas this week reflecting on the search for “happily ever after.”

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  • University to Implement New Core Curriculum in Fall 2018

    Catholic University will implement a new mission-focused Core Curriculum in fall 2018, providing all undergraduate students with an educational foundation that prepares them for their professional aspirations.

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  • Catholic University to Present Kiss Me, Kate

    Audiences will get a behind-the-scenes look into the world of show business as the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents its fall musical, Kiss Me Kate

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  • A Message from University President on HHS Mandate Resolution

    Read a statement from President Garvey about a filed suit in response to a mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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  • Catholic University Chamber Orchestra

    Chamber Symphony Highlights Music of Spain with Special Concert

    The Catholic University Chamber Orchestra, led by music director Simeone Tartaglione, gave a special performance showcasing the music of Spain at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain earlier this month.

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  • Review: Catholic University of America’s Chamber Orchestra Performs an Evening of Music by Rossini, Bizet and de Falla by Natalie Barsoum

    DC Metro Theater Arts reviewed a performance by the Chamber Orchestra at the Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence this month.

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    Chaplin's "The Immigrant" arrives in Columbia

    Andrew Earle Simpson, professor, music, was featured in a Baltimore Sun article about an upcoming concert in Columbia, Md., that will feature an original score he composed for the Chaplin short film “The Immigrant.”

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  • McGill's master class

    New York Philharmonic Clarinetist Gives Master Class for Music Students

    Students at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music heard advice and tips-of-the-trade from one of today’s most talented solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians as Anthony McGill, principal clarinet for the New York Philharmonic, gave a master class for clarinetists.

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  • Sistine Chapel Choir EWTN Broadcast

    The Sistine Chapel Choir came to campus for a historical workshop, concert, and dinner to support our artists on campus. It was a roaring success. If you missed the concert, EWTN will broadcast it on Saturday, October 216:30 pm ETSunday, October 22, 1:30 pm ET; and Friday, October 27, 10:00 pm ET

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  • Catholic University Extends Prayers, Support for Victims of Las Vegas Shootings

    The Catholic University of America extends its prayers and support for the victims of yesterday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nev.

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  • Master Class with the Sistine Chapel Choir

    An Audience with the ‘Pope’s Choir’

    “First music, and after we speak.” Those were the opening words to Catholic University students during a music workshop offered earlier this month by the world-renowned Sistine Chapel Choir.

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    Sistine Chapel Choir Performance a ‘Stunning’ Musical Gift

    Some of the greatest examples of Renaissance music were brought to beautiful life during a rare performance by the Sistine Chapel Choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Sept. 20.

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    Sistine Chapel Choir comes to Catholic University of America

    Sophomores Cecilia Leskowicz and Katarina Ivancik were quoted in a WJLA story on the masterclass by the Sistine Chapel Choir.

    Grayson Wagstaff, dean, music, was quoted in a Catholic News Agency story previewing the Sistine Chapel Choir performance. Quotes from that story were published in a story at Aleteia.

    Wagstaff and Timothy McDonnell, director, choral studies and the Institute of Sacred Music, were interviewed on EWTN News nightly about the concert.

    McDonnell, Nora Heimann, chair, art, and University President John Garvey were interviewed for a review of the concert in National Catholic Register.

    Catholic News Service covered a workshop taught by the maestro of the choir. The concert by the Sistine Chapel Choir was reviewed by Washington Classical Review. 

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  • Sistine Chapel Choir to Host Workshop on Sacred Music at Catholic University

    Twelve members of the Sistine Chapel Choir and their director will offer a rare glimpse into the performance of sacred music.

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  • University Receives High U.S. News and World Report Rankings

    The Catholic University of America has risen in the U.S. News & World Report 2018 listings for Universities and graduate programs nationwide.

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  • Message From President Garvey About The People Affected By the Hurricane

    We extend our prayers and concern to all the people affected by the hurricane that hit Houston and New Orleans this week. It is an especially difficult time for students at our University who are from the affected areas.

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    Pope’s Choir Visits US for First Time in Decades

    Grayson Wagstaff, dean, and Timothy McDonnell, director, choral studies and the Institute of Sacred Music, were quoted in a National Catholic Register story on the upcoming visit of the Sistine Chapel Choir.

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  • Mass of the Holy Spirit

    Students Called as Witnesses for Christ during Mass of the Holy Spirit

    Students, faculty, and staff members at The Catholic University of America were called to be witnesses for Christ during this year’s Mass of the Holy Spirit, which took place in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Aug. 31.

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    Catholic University to Open Academic Year with Mass of the Holy Spirit

    The Catholic University of America will celebrate the start of the academic year with its Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 12:10 p.m. in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Great Upper Church.

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