We are a diverse community of composers who share the common purpose of creating and performing new music.

Our community consists of undergraduate composition majors and minors, master's students with a Stage Music or Concert Music Emphasis, and doctoral students.

Our composers write operas, orchestral pieces, chamber music, choral works, song cycles, musicals, dance pieces, electronic music, and music for film.

Our composers perform as soloists, orchestral and chamber musicians, conductors, and singers.

Our composers collaborate with dancers, choreographers, actors, directors, visual artists, playwrights, architects and film-makers to create and present their work.  

Our composers organize and administer concerts, festivals, and performances of their own work and that of their colleagues, both on campus and around Washington, D.C.

In joining our community, you will find a place for yourself, and you will be engaged, welcomed, and challenged.

Any prospective composition student should contact Dr. Stephen Gorbos (Gorbos@cua.edu) for more information about our composition programs. 

You will compose. You will innovate.  You will learn. You will perform.

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    Programs of Study

    The Departments of Music offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Composition.

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    Careers in Composition

    Trained composers enjoy a wide variety of possible career paths, almost all of which involve combining composition with another aspect of music-making. 

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    Student Experience

    We are a community of composers, of instrumentalists, of singers, of conductors. Our musical backgrounds are diverse, yet all of us share the common purpose of creating and performing new music. 

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    Composition Student and Alumni Profiles

    Our students are also making reputations for themselves beyond the Rome School. Here are some profiles of a few recent alumni of our school.

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    Composition and the Church

    Sacred music is an important aspect of musical expression. Compositional craft, and the values and requirements of composition which we impart to our students, applies equally to sacred or secular music. 

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