The Catholic University of America

Institute of Sacred Music at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America

Welcome from the Director

The Institute of Sacred Music at The Catholic University of America Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is your gateway into an unparalleled world.

Our program embraces the diversity and richness of the field of sacred music, offering concentrated musical study, development of the gamut of requisite musical skills, scholarship in music and in liturgical studies, indispensable practical studies and applications, seminars and colloquia addressing the expansive professional requirements of the unique world of musica sacra, hybrid by both history and practice.

The Institute of Sacred Music at CUA is the singular Roman Catholic program in our country resident in a school of music, comprehensive in approach and offerings, providing an unrivaled and rigorous curriculum at MMSM and DMA levels with concentrations in choral music, organ performance and composition.

Sacred music graduate students pursue a course of study integrating choral music and literature, organ performance and literature, musicology, conducting, performance practice, composition, chant history and performance, hymnology, vocal pedagogy, theology and liturgical studies, religious and humanistic studies.  

The Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music is a locus for advanced studies in history, literature and musical scholarship.

The Institute welcomes both full- and part-time musician-students as well as practicing musicians who wish to pursue study for professional growth.Auditions for the 2015-2016 academic year will take place on Friday, 30 January 2015. Interested students should first be in contact with me via e-mail.

A committed, distinguished assembly of resident and visiting professors, who are scholars, performers, practitioners in the field, established and emerging leaders in the diverse world of musica sacra awaits you.


I invite your inquiry.

Leo Nestor, D.M.A.
Justine Bayard Ward Professor
Director, Institute of Sacred Music
Director of Choral Studies



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