This text is excerpted from the 2013-2014 CUA Announcements. Please refer to the Announcements for further information on academic policies and programs.
Doctor of Musical Arts in Sacred Music
Concentrations in Choral Music, Composition, Organ
Prerequisites and Entrance Requirements
For general information pertaining to all advisory degree programs, please consult the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree section of these Announcements.
The applicant must have completed the Master of Music in sacred music or equivalent. Acceptance as a graduate student by the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is required.
The applicant must submit the following:
1. as stated in the Admission Process section above, four letters of recommendation, including two from professional colleagues, not teachers of the applicant, attesting to the applicant's past and potential ability in the field of sacred music and music ministry; and
2. completed repertoire and professional experience record, obtainable at: http://music.cua.edu/graduate/doctoral.cfm.
Applicants in the areas of performance (choral music and organ) will submit a 30-minute tape, video preferred, audio acceptable. Applicants in composition will submit representative manuscripts in lieu of the audition tape. Tapes and manuscripts must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions with all other application documents. Invitation to campus for audition, interview and testing is based on evaluation of the above materials. Applicants in organ concentration will perform for the organ faculty at the time of their visit. All concentrations require an on-campus visit for testing and demonstration of conducting skills. Testing consists of demonstration of keyboard proficiency, open score reading, and sight-singing. The conducting audition comprises two specified works with CUA Chamber Choir and will determine placement in the conducting sequence. Auditions are held once each academic year. The applicant should contact the school of music for details and dates.
Written examinations (two hours each):
1. music history placement examination;
2. music theory placement examination;
3. entrance examination in sacred and choral music.
In addition, the student must consult with the School of Theology and Religious Studies regarding prior equivalent course work, prerequisite courses, and/or testing-out procedures in the area of liturgical studies.
Placement and entrance examinations are given during the first and second semester registration periods.
The student must also demonstrate a reading knowledge of one foreign language and is expected to pass an examination in that language within one year after beginning doctoral studies. The language will be chosen in consultation with the director of the program.
Program of Study
Based on the results of the entrance requirements and examinations, the advisory committee, in conference with the student, will arrange a program of study of 61 to 72 hours beyond the master's degree. The courses to be completed as part of the degree requirements will be communicated to the student in writing. Although the program will be organized to meet the individual needs of the student, a typical program may include:
Comprehensive Examinations (MUS 998A w/classes; MUS 998B w/o classes). At the completion of coursework, three four-hour written comprehensive examinations are required in:
1. sacred and choral music;
2. music history and music theory; and
3. liturgical studies.
Upon the successful completion of all three comprehensive examinations, the student may be admitted to candidacy.
Minor in Latin American Music
The degree program consists of between 61 to 72 semester hours of credit beyond the master's degree. The above requirements apply with the following exceptions.
1. Depending on the results of the entrance examination in the area of music history, the student may be assigned from 0-12 semester hours of credit in this area by advisement.
2. The program of study will include 12 semester hours of Latin American music electives.
3. The treatise must be written on an Iberian or Latin American topic.