Welcome! We are looking forward to getting to know you as a musician. For the 2020-2021 Audition Cycle, we will only be accepting online submissions.

No in-person auditions will be scheduled at this time.

Whether in the classroom, in student performances on campus, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, or in the comfort of home, you will hone your skills, pursue your passion, and use the beauty you create to serve your community and the world. You will be encouraged and inspired by renowned faculty in a comprehensive, conservatory-style environment that fosters excellence in concert, stage, and church performance, as well as in music education.

In the Departments of Music, Academic and Performing, you will find plenty of opportunities to develop your musical style. Your studies will embrace everything from conducting and music history to dance and opera performance. You will be trained as both a performer and a scholar. You will develop valuable critical thinking and writing skills which will help you as you pursue your career. Whether you plan to perform professionally or simply want to explore your passion for music more deeply, the Departments of Music will shape you not just as a musician, but as a whole person.

If you have any questions about the Rome School or this department, please contact Emily Magenheimer at magenheimer@cua.com

Application Process

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is a dual admission program. To begin your application process, please be sure to apply to Catholic University of America. Then complete the application for your chosen music degree through Acceptd. You may complete both applications simultaneously.

Your audition materials must be submitted via the Accepted platform on or before the Early Decision/Early Action dates to be considered.

Critical Dates

Music Applications will open August 1, 2020.
The School of Music application must be submitted via Acceptd by May 31, 2021.

  • Early Decision Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Early Action Deadline: November 15, 2020
  • Regular Admittance: January 15, 2021

Audtion Requirements

  • Choral Conducting & Organ Performance

    Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance

    The following works (contrasting in tempo) are required for the audition in the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance:

    1. One work by J.S. Bach (not including the little preludes and fugues)
    2. One work from the 19th Century
    3. One work from the 20th or 21st Century

    Master of Music in Choral Conducting and Organ Performance

    1. Letter of Application
    2. Current Curriculum Vitae
    3. Personal Statement relating candidate's professional goals to the practice of Sacred Music (500-1000 words)
    4. Pre-screening Performance Video (does not need to be from an actual performance)
      1. - For organists: video recording of A Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach; a major 19th/early 20th-century piece; a piece written after 1930. For the live audition: the same categories, but at least one of the pieces should be different. Other live audition requirements will be stipulated upon invitation to campus.
      2. - For choral conductors: 20-30 minutes of conducting video (where the candidate is visible from the front) demonstrating works of contrasting styles; it is preferred to show examples of both rehearsal and performance, if possible.  Live on-campus audition requirements will be stipulated upon invitation to campus.
        Invitation for auditions, interviews, and testing is based on evaluation of the pre-screening materials. Applicants will perform for the faculty at the time of their visit.
    5. Demonstration of conducting skills is required for both concentrations. Testing consists of demonstration of keyboard proficiency, open score-reading and sight-singing. Repertoire for conducting auditions will be stipulated upon invitation to the live on-campus audition. Auditions are during the spring semester.
  • Music Education

    Bachelor of Music Education

    • Applicants should prepare a 10-minute audition of three contrasting pieces of standard classical repertoire in their given instrument.
      • Please “slate” your name, title and author of the work. (Example: My name is Emily Magenheimer, I will be singing “O mio babbino caro” from Pucinni’s Gianni Schicchi)
    • Please provide an essay that addresses the following question, “Why do you want to be a music teacher?” Please use the following to help you craft your response:
      • Experiences that you have had with music in the classroom.
      • Experiences or teacher models that you have had.
      • Personal attributes that may make you a good teacher.
      • Your goals for your general area of instructional focus (i.e. instrumental, general, choral.)
      • Currently, the grade levels that interest you.

    Master of Teaching

    • Applicants should prepare a 10-minute audition of three contrasting pieces of standard classical repertoire in their given instrument.
      • Please “slate” your name, title and author of the work. (Example: My name is Emily Magenheimer, I will be singing “O mio babbino caro” from Pucinni’s Gianni Schicchi)
    • Please provide an essay that addresses the following question, “Why do you want to be a music teacher?” Please use the following to help you craft your response:
      • Experiences that you have had with music in the classroom.
      • Experiences or teacher models that you have had.
      • Personal attributes that may make you a good teacher.
      • Your goals for your general area of instructional focus (i.e. instrumental, general, choral.)
      • Currently, the grade levels that interest you.
  • Musical Theatre

    Bachelor of Music
    • Please prepare one song, 60-90 seconds. Please state your name, song choice
      • The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the title of song,
    • A single 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play.
      • The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.
    • Resume and headshot
    • In your application, please indicate your first choice for an audition. Auditions will be on December 5, January 16, January 23, and February 6. If you are applying Early Decision/Early Action, you must choose December 5 in order to qualify.
  • Musicology & Music Librarianship

    Does not apply through Acceptd. Application package only for the Master of Arts, Master of Library and Information Science, and the Doctor of Philosphy.
  • Orchestral Instruments & Conducting

    Orchestral Instruments

    Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba, Percussion, Double Bass, Harp, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello.

    Bachelor of Music

    • Applicants should prepare a 10-minute audition program of classical repertoire in their given instrument. The program should consist of three pieces in contrasting tempos and styles. Memorization is recommended but not required.

    Master in Music

    • Applicants should prepare a 10-minute audition program of classical repertoire in their given instrument. The program should consist of three pieces in contrasting tempos and styles. Memorization is required.

    Doctor of Musical Arts

    • Applicants should prepare a 15-minute audition program of classical repertoire in their given instrument. The program should consist of three pieces in contrasting tempos and styles. Memorization is required.

    Orcherstral Conducting

    Master in Music

    • A 15 minute conducting video (where the candidate is visible from the front) demonstrating works of contrasting styles; it is preferred to show examples of both rehearsal and performance, if possible. Selected candidates will then be invited for an audition.
    • A headshot and resume including recitals and critiques, if available.

    Doctor of Musical Arts

    • 20-30 minute video of conducting (where the candidate is visible from the front) demonstrating works of contrasting styles; it is preferred to show examples of both rehearsal and performance, if possible. Selected candidates will then be invited for an audition.
    • A headshot and resume including recitals and critiques, if available
  • Piano Performance, Collaborative/Chamber, & Pedagogy

    Piano Performance

    Bachelor of Music

    • Applicants should prepare a ​memorized ​15-minute audition program of the classical repertoire. The ​program ​should consist of three pieces in contrasting tempos and styles.

    Master in Music

    • Applicants should prepare a ​memorized ​15-minute audition program of the classical repertoire. The ​program ​should consist of three pieces in contrasting tempos and styles. 

    Doctor of Musical Arts

    • Applicants should prepare a ​memorized ​15-minute audition program of the classical repertoire. The ​program ​should consist of three pieces in contrasting tempos and styles. 

    Collaborative/Chamber Piano

    Bachelor of Music Collaborative

    • Applicants should prepare a 15-minute audition of the classical repertoire. The audition should consist of three contrasting styles of collaborative works (vocal/instrumental accompanying and chamber music). If possible, applicants are encouraged to perform with a soloist. Applicants may be asked to sight read. No memorization and no solo piano pieces are required.

    Master in Music Chamber

    • Applicants should prepare a 15-minute audition of the classical repertoire. The audition should consist of three-chamber music works in contrasting tempos and styles. The audition repertoire must be performed with an instrumentalist. Applicants may be asked to sight-read. Memorization is not required.

    Doctor of Musical Arts Chamber

    • Applicants should prepare a 15-minute audition of the classical repertoire. The audition should consist of three-chamber music works in contrasting tempos and styles. The audition repertoire must be performed with an instrumentalist. Applicants may be asked to sight-read. Memorization is not required.

    Piano Pedagogy

    Bachelor of Music

    • Applicants should prepare a 10-15 minute audition of classical repertoire. The audition should consist of three pieces in contrasting tempos and styles. Memorization is not required.

    Master in Music

    • Applicants should prepare a ​memorized ​15-minute audition program of the classical repertoire. The ​program ​should consist of three pieces in contrasting tempos and styles. 

    Doctor of Musical Arts

    • Applicants should prepare a ​memorized ​15-minute audition program of the classical repertoire. The ​program ​should consist of three pieces in contrasting tempos and styles. 
  • Theory & Composition

    Bachelor of Music

    • What you can upload: Score and Recordings.
      • Scores should be uploaded in pdf format. Please note that any single item uploaded must be less than 250 MB. If you have a large work, or a multi-movement work that exceeds that limit, please separate the score into separate documents (each less than 250 MB) to be uploaded separately, clearly labeled as directed below. If submitting a work for electronic media that does not make use of a traditional score, please include a description of how you made the piece, ie, software used, techniques explored, sources for sampled materials, etc.
      • Recordings: We recommend mp3 format for audio files. We also recommend breaking up multi-movement works into separate files. Please
        note that, as in the case with scores, each individual file has a size limit of 750 MB. If you have a file that is larger, even in compressed mp3 format, please break the file into component parts, clearly labeled as directed below. For undergraduate applicants, MIDI realizations of pieces are acceptable.
      • Optional Materials: These may include a CV, list of works with performance history, or composer biography.
      • All applicants to the Bachelor of Music program in Composition are also required to pass an audition in their principal performance area (instrument or voice) in order to be admitted to the music program.​ ​Please prepare a 10-15 minute audition of three contrasting pieces of standard classical repertoire on their principal instrument.​ For composition students, this audition is to determine proficiency on an instrument and consider you for a performance-based scholarship. For more information on performance auditions, please click ​here.
    • Labeling for scores and audio files. Please label every file submitted 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 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)
          • If you do not have mp3 versions of your files and don’t have software to convert, please use the free software, Audacity in
            which to do so.
        • Video: If you have a video to include in your portfolio, please be sure that the link is operational and not password-protected (or, if
          protected, please be sure to include the password in your application).

    Master in Music

    • What you can upload: Score and Recordings. 
      • Scores should be uploaded in pdf format. Please note that any single item uploaded must be less than 250 MB.  If you have a large work, or a multi-movement work that exceeds that limit, please separate the score into separate documents (each less than 250 MB) to be uploaded separately, clearly labeled as directed below. If submitting a work for electronic media that does not make use of a traditional score, please include a description of how you made the piece, ie, software used, techniques explored, sources for sampled materials, etc.  
      • Recordings: We recommend mp3 format for audio files. We also recommend breaking up multi-movement works into separate files. Please note that, as in the case with scores, each individual file has a size limit of 750 MB.  If you have a file that is larger, even in compressed mp3 format, please break the file into component parts, clearly labeled as directed below. If pieces in your portfolio are intended for live performance, some portion of them should have been performed live.
      • Optional Materials: These may include a CV, list of works with performance history, or composer biography
      • All graduate Composition applicants with significant performing experience and technical skill on their instrument are encouraged to submit an audition on that instrument, in order to be eligible for a performance-based music scholarship. You may submit the instrumental audition with this application. For more information, please click here
    • Labeling for scores and audio files. Please label every file submitted 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 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)
          • If you do not have mp3 versions of your files and do not have software to convert, please use the free software, Audacity in which to do so. 
        • Video: If you have a video to include in your portfolio, please be sure that the link is operational and not password-protected (or, if protected, please be sure to include the password in your application).

         

    Doctor of Musical Arts

    • Students seeking admission to the DMA program in Composition must submit a representative portfolio of compositions. Prospective students should hold a Master's degree from an accredited institution.
    • Portfolios for the DMA should consist of scores and recordings (MIDI or other electronic realizations of pieces should not be sent unless they are of exceptionally high quality) which show original creative work of high quality and technical merit and demonstrate that a student is capable of independent work. Please see the guidelines listed above (under the BM program) for tips on presenting the best possible portfolio. Details on portfolio submission can be found here.
    • All students applying for the DMA are required to complete either an on-campus interview or video-chat interview with the composition faculty as part of the admissions process. These interviews, whether live or via video-chat, will be scheduled on the designated Departments of Music audition days. Please email the head of composition, Dr. Gorbos (Gorbos@cua.edu), to schedule interviews on audition days. A prospective student's portfolio should be uploaded at least one week in advance of any scheduled video interview. 
    • Audition on an instrument (or voice) is not required for the DMA in Composition, although a student wishing to pursue applied study must pass an audition in the requisite applied area. All applicants with performing experience are encouraged to schedule an audition, nevertheless, in order to be eligible for a music scholarship. The area where prospective composition students have been most successful in this regard is orchestral instruments. 
    • During the first semester of full-time study (generally on the weekend preceding the beginning of the fall semester), all graduate students in Composition are given the Theory Placement Examination and the Graduate History Examination. These exams determine whether or not any remediation in theory or history coursework is required. Should students require remediation in any areas, they may take these courses concurrently with graduate courses (provided that the remedial courses are not prerequisites for the graduate courses taken). Remedial courses do not count towards the degree, but must be successfully completed in order to receive the degree.
  • Vocal Performance & Pedagogy

    Vocal Performance

    Bachelor of Music

    • Please prepare a ten minute audition with two contrasting pieces. Two languages (one may be English) are expected; Italian is preferred.
      • Your audition repertoire should primarily be chosen from the standard art song repertoire but may also include appropriate selections from opera, operettas and musical theater ballad (such as Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, or George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess).
      • Please “slate” your name, song title, and author of the work. (Example: My name is Emily Magenheimer, I will be singing “O mio babbino caro” from Pucinni’s Gianni Schicchi)

    Master in Music

    • Please prepare up to four contrasting pieces, no more than fifteen minutes. Three languages (one may be English) are expected; Italian is preferred.
      • This should include at least one Art song. You may also choose to include arias and musical theatre ballads, or operettas (such as Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, or George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess )
      • Please “slate” your name, song title, and author of the work. (Example: My name is Emily Magenheimer, I will be singing “O mio babbino caro” from Pucinni’s Gianni Schicchi). This submission must be within the last year. Please label any pre-recorded pieces with the date.

    Doctor of Musical Arts

    • Please prepare up to four contrasting pieces, no more than fifteen minutes. Three languages (one may be English) are expected; Italian is preferred.
      • This should include at least one Art song. You may also choose to include arias and musical theatre ballads, or operettas (such as Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, or George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess )
      • Please “slate” your name, song title, and author of the work. (Example: My name is Emily Magenheimer, I will be singing “O mio babbino caro” from Pucinni’s Gianni Schicchi). This submission must be within the last year. Please label any pre-recorded pieces with the date.

    Vocal Pedagogy

    Master in Music

    • Please prepare up to four contrasting pieces, no more than fifteen minutes. Three languages (one may be English) are expected; Italian is preferred.
      • This should include at least one Art song. You may also choose to include arias and musical theatre ballads, or operettas (such as Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, or George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess )
      • Please “slate” your name, song title, and author of the work. (Example: My name is Emily Magenheimer, I will be singing “O mio babbino caro” from Pucinni’s Gianni Schicchi). This submission must be within the last year. Please label any pre-recorded pieces with the date.

    Doctor of Musical Arts

    • Please prepare up to four contrasting pieces, no more than fifteen minutes. Three languages (one may be English) are expected; Italian is preferred.
      • This should include at least one Art song. You may also choose to include arias and musical theatre ballads, or operettas (such as Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, or George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess )
      • Please “slate” your name, song title, and author of the work. (Example: My name is Emily Magenheimer, I will be singing “O mio babbino caro” from Pucinni’s Gianni Schicchi). This submission must be within the last year. Please label any pre-recorded pieces with the date.
    • A headshot and resume including recitals and critiques, if available.

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