We are a thriving program in which students enthusiastically embrace the discipline and joyous work of bringing great music to life, while developing their technical skill and musical imagination.

Explore the varied aspects of our work here at Catholic University.

Attention Masters in Music interested in registering for:

MM Chamber Performance (MUS 944a)

  • It is not a recital
  • It is one chamber piece (chosen in conjunction with your studio teacher)
  • book a performance day/time (Ward, or any other space)
  • book a hearing with Orchestral Instruments Area Head, at least 2 weeks before performance

Orchestra Auditions Fall 2019

  • Metronome markings are only references so everyone is encouraged to listen to the pieces to have knowledge of the context.
  • Auditions will be held in Maestro Tartaglione's office, Ward 133, Date and Times TBA
  • Sign up sheets will be posted next to the door.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Maestro directly, tartaglione@cua.edu
Music Excerpts

Please practice only the music in brackets. You are free to play one solo if you would like.  You will choose one excerpt to start and the others will be chosen for you, but not all may be played at the audition. Non-Music Majors: Number of excerpts could be reduced upon maestro's approval if list of excerpts exceeds your preparation time/level.  Please contact him directly.

  • Lynn Harrell Master Class

    About Us

    The Orchestral Instruments and Conducting Academic Area is made up of approximately 25 undergraduates and 45 graduate students. The richness of playing across all instruments is displayed in our ensembles: the CUA Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.

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    Programs of Study

    The Orchestral Instruments and Conducting Academic Area offers bachelor, master, and doctor of musical arts degrees.

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  • Faculty

    Meet the Orchestral Instruments and Conducting faculty, headed by Maestro Tartaglione.

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  • Orchestra Performance at Christmas Concert

    Symphony Orchestra

    The CUA Symphony Orchestra performs major orchestral works regularly throughout the year. The Orchestra also serves as the ensemble for CUA Opera Theatre, and is featured in the Annual Christmas Concert for Charity.

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  • CUA Wind Ensemble

    Wind Ensemble

    The CUA Wind Ensemble performs several concerts throughout the year of a large variety of literature.

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  • The Robert Ricks Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Robert Ricks Memorial Scholarship Fund, designed to support graduate students in orchestral instruments. Contributions from alumni & friends wishing to donate to this fund may be sent to the Departments of Music.

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  • Alumni

    Our alumni perform with some of the leading symphonies and orchestras around the world.

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