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A School for Visual and Performing Arts

Where artistic expression and creativity meet academic excellence in a world-class research university located in Washington, D.C., one of the country's greatest cities for the arts.

Welcome to Catholic University's Newest School

The Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America voted on June 5, 2018, to unite the Departments of Drama and Art, previously in the School of Arts and Sciences, with the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music to create the new Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art. This new school includes the Department of Music Performance; the Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition; the Department of Drama; and the Department of Art.

Bringing the Arts Together

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art unites programs that are by nature creative and collaborative to inaugurate an exciting new dynamic focus on the visual and performing arts at Catholic University.

New Dean for a New School

University President John Garvey has appointed Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw as dean of the University’s School of Music, Drama, and Art effective Monday, June 18. An internationally recognized music educator and classical soprano, Leary-Warsaw is also host of the popular television series In Concert on the EWTN Global Catholic Television Network.

A founding member of the University’s Catholic Arts Council, Leary-Warsaw has been part of a decades-long collaboration with Catholic University and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on production of the Annual Christmas Concert for Charity.

She previously served as chair of the Department of Music, artistic director of the Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts, and associate professor of music at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Ala.

Learn more about the new dean

Student Experience

There are several opportunities both on campus and off in Washington, D.C., for students to immerse themselves in music, drama, art, and any other activities that interest them.