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Music School Returns to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with Gala Concert on April 12

On Sunday evening, April 12, 2015, the Music School returns to The Kennedy Center Concert Hall with a full orchestral and choral Program including a new orchestral opening Fanfare, selections from “Rodeo” and “West Side Story,” and the complete “Carmina Burana.” Alumni instrumentalists and singers are invited to join our students and conductors Simeone Tartaglione, N.Thomas Pedersen, and Leo Nestor in this performance. See here for more details.

Rehearsal Schedule: Alumni Orchestral Players for Kennedy Center Concert: April 12, 8 p.m.

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    All in Music School JPH unless otherwise noted.


    Tentative: Slight adjustments may be made.

    TUES MAR 24: 4:10-7: CARMINA ORCHESTRA w/ Nestor.

    THURS MAR 26: 4:10-5:30 RODEO w/ Tartaglione;

    5:45 - 7: WSS & singers w/ Pedersen.

    TUES MAR 31 4:10 - 5:30 NEW COMPOSITION W/ Tartaglione

    5:45 - 7 CARMINA ORCH w/ Nestor


    Beginning Easter Monday:

    MON APRIL 6: TENTATIVE: 4:10 -6:30: New composition & Rodeo w/ Tartaglione. This rehearsal may possibly be moved to 7 to 10.

    TUES APRIL 7: 4:10 -7 CARMINA: Orch & Choruses w/ Nestor.

    WED APRIL 8: 6:40-9:30 WSS & CARMINA w/ Pedersen & Nestor.

    THURS APRIL 9: TUTTI at Ken Cen in a.m. We will advise start time. Run Program in order: New Fanfare, Rodeo sections, WSS sections, Carmina.

    THURS APRIL 9: 4:10 - 7 HOLD for possible spot check.

    FRI APRIL 10 EVENING 7-10. ORCH, MUS TH, & CHORUSES: Spot check.


    SUN APRIL 12: 8 p.m. Performance. Call TBA

CUA Senior Matthew Yost wins 50th Anniversary Composition Competition 

In a blind juried review, senior composition major Matthew Yost’s Ut Sol, Ut Luna was named the winner of the Benjamin T Rome School of Music 50th Anniversary Composition Competition. The prize, created in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Music School achieving School status at the The Catholic University of America, carries with it the honor of opening the Music School’s Kennedy Center concert on April 12, 2015, along with a $1000 award. See here for more details.

Professor Murry Sidlin on Leave this Spring

Professor Murry Sidlin ( Conducting Studies, Music of the Holocaust Era) is on leave from the University for this academic year concentrating on several activities related to the 70th anniversary in 2015 of the end of World War II. See article on his activities.


Undergraduates Wrote and Produced a Musical Presented by Centerstage Theatre Company

Gretchen Midgley and John Tafone, two undergraduate students studying Musical Theatre and Composition at Catholic University, have written an original musical entitled First Light based on Edward Hopper's painting "Nighthawks." See the Tower's Article on the performance here

25th Annual Christmas Concert Benefited Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation

The Catholic University of America and the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music celebrated the 25th annual Christmas Concert for Charity on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

See public affairs article for charity information.

Congratulations to CUA Faculty and Alumni Who Were Nominated for Broadway World DC Regional Awards

Maria Rizzo: Best actress in a Musical (Gypsy at Signature and Batboy at 1st Stage)

Jimmy Mavirkes: Best actor in a Musical (Batboy at 1st Stage)
Shayna Blass for best actress in a play (Yentl at Theatre J)
Tracy Olivera best cabaret performer (Signature)

Jay D. Brock for Best Direction of a Musical (West Side Story at Riverside Theatre Center)
Paul Morella (dept. of drama lecturer) for Best actor in a Play (Underneath the Lintle at Metrostage)

Nominations are made by the editors but awards are voted by the public until December 31st here

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