The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art provides a singular preparation for choral conductors, organists, and composers for service to the Church, the nation, and the world. Our passion for the creation and study of choral and organ music springs from its unique position at the intersection of culture, history, theology, and music. A thorough immersion in liturgical, analytical, and historical studies converge with superlative standards of musical performance to provide an unparalleled platform for training highly motivated student musicians to serve the Church in significant positions.

We invite you to explore our program offerings in the exciting world of musica sacra. Inquiries for the master's program should be addressed to Dr. Timothy McDonnell, Director of the Institute of Sacred Music at

An audition is required for the Master of Music in Sacred Music
Learn more about the audition process

Please note: The School of Music is temporarily not accepting applications or auditions to the DMA in Sacred Music

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    About Us

    The Institute of Sacred Music integrates the comprehensive study of music with the worlds of liturgical, theological, classical and humanistic studies.

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    Programs of Study

    The Institute of Sacred Music offers a bachelor's degree in organ performance and a master's in sacred music.

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  • Sacred Music Faculty

    Learn more about the Sacred Music Faculty

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    Chamber Choir

    The Chamber Choir rehearses and performs the complete spectrum of literatures appropriate for chamber chorus. 

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    University Singers

    The CUA University Singers is a major ensemble at Catholic University, and performs choral works from all periods and styles including important and major works with the CUA Symphony Orchestra, often in conjunction with the University Chorus.

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