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

We invite you to explore our program offerings in the linked pages below. 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 degrees in Choral Conducting, Organ Performance, and Sacred Music
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Please note: The School of Music is not accepting applications or auditions to the DMA in Sacred Music.

  • University Singers Concert

    Programs of Study

    The Area of Sacred Music offers a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance and Master of Music degrees in Choral Conducting, Organ Performance, and Sacred Music.

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  • Sacred Music Faculty

    Learn more about the Sacred Music Faculty

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  • Chamber Choir

    The Repertory Chorus

    The Catholic Repertory Chorus is a fully professional choir which serves as the resident training ensemble for graduate students in choral conducting.

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  • Singers at Christmas Concert

    University Singers

    The University Singers is CUA's largest ensemble. With 80-100 voices, this choir performs works from across the repertory, and is featured prominently in the Annual Christmas Concert for Charity. Recent performances feature works by Kodály, Fauré, Dove, and Brahms.

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  • Chamber Choir

    Chamber Choir

    The CUA Chamber Choir is a small ensemble of very competitively auditioned choristers.  Repertoire is drawn from across all centuries, but there is a particular focus on early and contemporary music. 

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