The Catholic University of America

About Us

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music seeks to educate, engage, and energize its student body in a dynamic program that integrates classroom learning with real world performance, research, and teaching. Our variety of undergraduate and graduate majors allows each student to find his or her niche and to develop and grow into professional performing musicians, scholars, educators and composers who are ready for a 21st century musical career.

With approximately 300 music students, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music maintains a wonderful, diverse community for new students within the context of a medium-sized university. Students form relationships with their peers;  these friendships become professional contacts during careers in the arts. With students from Washington, D.C., around the United States and throughout the world, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is a place of nurturing, growth, and diversity that welcomes students to its doors. 


The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and is Washington, D.C.'s only university school of music. Explore our website for more information about our programs, performances, and archived events. Learn more about each of our divisions on their individual websites.

Quick Facts

  • 160 undergraduates and 140 graduate students
  • 25 full -time and 58 adjunct and part-time faculty
  • Four main-stage productions, dozens of ensemble concerts, and over 100 recitals each year.
  • Faculty in the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Concerts in Rome and at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, at Washington's Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and in major U.S. and European cities
  • Our alumni include:
    • Distinguished scholars on the faculty of various universities, as well as the Library of Congress
    • Educators, liturgical musicians,
    • Finalists in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions or those who sing principal roles with the Met and other major international opera houses,
    • Performers on Broadway/Off-Broadway
    • Players with major symphony orchestras
  • Are you an active service member or recent veteran of the US Armed Forces? As an active duty member, you can take advantage of our military student discount! If you are a post-9/11 veteran, CUA also participates in the Yellow Ribbon program!

Take a Tour

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is housed in the historic Ward Hall. You can also see a panoramic view of Ward Hall.
  Many recitals, concerts, and shows are performed in the intimate Ward Recital Hall. The Recital Hall houses a new 9' Steinway concert grand piano.
  In 2012, we renovated our Old Chorus Room into a beautiful new studio for dance and rehearsal!