General Information

All applicants to the Composition division of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music must apply and be accepted by The Catholic University of America as well as the School of Music. You may submit an online application to CUA.

Prospective students can find information via the following links about: undergraduate and graduate applications, guidelines for applying, frequently asked questions, and financial aid information. We also invite you to explore the other links in the lefthand sidebar for a wealth of information about the Composition division.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Stephen Gorbos, the head of the Division of Composition and Theory, at

Submitting Composition Portfolios Online

We welcome online submission of scores and audio files. In order to facilitate the process, please read the guidelines below before uploading your materials. To upload materials click here.

What you can upload

You can upload scores, audio files, and other relevant documents.


We prefer that scores be uploaded in pdf format: please note that any single item uploaded must be less than 10 MB. If you have a large work, or a multi-movement work which exceeds that limit, please separate the score into separate documents (each > 10 MB) to be uploaded separately.


We recommend mp3 format for audio files: please note that, as in the case with scores, each individual file has a size limit of 10 MB. If you have a file which is larger, even in compressed mp3 format, please break the file into component parts, clearly labeled as directed below.

If you do not have mp3 versions of your files and do not have access to conversion software, there are free programs which will accomplish this task. Audacity is an example of one such free downloadable program for converting audio file formats.

Labeling items

For consistency, please label every file submitted - regardless of format - in accordance with this formula:

  • Composer’s last name_first name_title of piece_movement or part [If applicable].pdf (or .mp3)

If you are submitting a piece or recording broken into more than one part, please indicate this in the file name as well, e.g.:

  • Last name_first name_title of piece_2of4.pdf (or .mp3)
  • [This would indicate that this is the 2nd of 4 separate files]
Information Sheet

So that we are able to locate every item in your portfolio, please include a master sheet (in pdf format) which lists each file submitted.


If you have video to include in your portfolio, please send us a link (include this link on the master sheet) rather than attempt to upload a video file, since the 10 MB limit precludes most files. Please be sure that the link is operational and not password-protected (or, if protected, please be sure to include the password on the master sheet).

Upload Materials

To upload materials click here.