The Catholic University of America

Sacred Music Division M.M.S.M. Audition Information

Please note: The School of Music is temporarily not accepting applications or auditions to the DMA in Sacred Music

Applications and pre-screening media are due by Decenber 1, 2016 for priority consideration.  Fully completed applications including pre-screening media are required before an invitation to audition can be offered.  In addition to the requirements and pre-requisites listed in the CUA bulletin of Graduate Announcements, a complete application for the programs in Sacred Music include:

  • Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement relating candidates professional goals to the practice of Sacred Music
  • Pre-Screening Media:
    • 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.
    • 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
    • For composers: sample scores amounting to at least 15 minutes of music; recordings or MIDI mockups of works are welcome and encouraged

NOTE: All pre-screening videos must be provided as links to YouTube, SoundCloud, or a similar platform.  (For YouTube, select “unlisted” if you wish for your sample to remain unavailable for public viewing.)  CDs and DVDs will not be accepted.