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  Master Class News

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music recently hosted a master class with Renee Fleming. Read about what DC Metro Theatre Arts had to say about the class (click on the image above!).

Read all about Musical Theatre alum Jimmy Mavrikes (2013) in Theatre Washington's Take Ten interview series! Jimmy is currently appearing as Jack in Into the Woods at Toby's Dinner Theatre.

The School of Music congratulates Dr. Leo Nestor, Justine Bayard Ward Professor of Music and director of choral studies and the Institute of Sacred Music on his Scholarly Achievement in the Creative Arts.
Read the full article here.


It is with great sadness that the School of Music community shares the death of former musical theatre faculty member and mentor, Ellwood Annaheim. Ellwood was a valued teacher, adviser and friend to many who passed through the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. Information regarding his Celebration of Life can be found below:

On August 15th, there will be a celebration of Ellwood's life at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Oxon Hill, MD at 11AM. There will be a luncheon at the church following the ceremony. Reenie will coordinate music, so anyone who wishes to sing, please contact her at 

Voice Performance/ Musical Theatre Alumnus Wins Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition

Patrick Guetti was one of five finalists selected out of more than 1,500 participants. The Metropolitan National Council Audition is considered to be one of the most prestigious voice competitions in the field. See the New York Times article highlighting the event for more information

CUA DMA Student wins First Prize in Competition

DMA student Anna Nizhegorodtseva has won first prize at the Lewisville Lake Symphony International Piano Competition that was held March 8th at the University of North Texas College of Music. She will be performing Prokofiev's First Piano Concerto at the orchestra's season opening concert in September.

CUA Faculty nominated for Grammy

After the January 2013 Naxos CD release of Annelies (nominated for Best Choral Performance), the featured soloist soprano Arianna Zukerman will perform in the live April 2014 premiere Annelies at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. This will be the first time the soloist and ensemble have performed together since the release of the CD.


"This is timeless music, setting extracts from the diaries of Anne Frank. ...for me it joins Britten's War Requiem and Tippett's A Child of our Time as a major work bewailing the inhumanity of twentieth-century man to man, though it's very different in tone from either of them. The music is uplifting, yet never in such a way as to draw attention to itself from the words of Anne Frank - with one brief exception, describing the fate of the family, everything here comes from her. Performances are exemplary." -MusicWeb International

   "...soprano Arianna Zukerman sings with a supremely controlled tone that never strays from pure beauty, but sublimely imparts the contrast of isolation vs. devotion and buoyant hopefulness." - The Whole Note

MT Alumnus Co-Starring in Law and Order SVU

In addition to this most recent role, Patrick Thomas Cragin was cast as Kenickie in the National Tour of Grease and went on to reprise the role at Olney Theatre Center and played Frankie in Forever Plaid at Olney. He was also Link in Hairspray at Signature Theatre and Starred in That Face at Studio Theatre.

Musical Theatre Junior Participates in Master Session with Sutton Foster

Nicole Elledge was coached by Tony winner Sutton foster along with other young artists at the Kennedy Center's American Voices Master Session. You can view the session here

Organ Professor Profiled by Washington Post

"For nearly 50 years, Robert B. Grogan has ignored howling winds and frigid temperatures to climb hundreds of steps up into the tower of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and manually play, with his fists and his feet, 56 carillon bells . . .Whether it has been to celebrate the arrivals of Pope John Paul or Pope Benedict, or to remember the 26 children and adults who died Dec. 14 in the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., or to entertain the faithful arriving Monday on Christmas Eve for midnight Mass, Grogan has never missed a major event as the basilica’s carillonneur." Read more.

Music Professor Honored by University for Teaching

On November 7, CUA honored Dr. Andrew H. Weaver with the Advancement of Teaching award.

Advancement of Teaching
Andrew Weaver, associate professor in the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, received the Advancement of Teaching Award, which recognizes creative and innovative contributions to effective teaching, from adding technologies that improve delivery of information to students to introducing new areas of study.

Weaver received his bachelor’s in music, magna cum laude, at Rice University, with a double major in musicology and viola performance, and then went on to Yale University, where he completed his M.Phil. in 2000 and Ph.D. in 2002. He has taught at the University since 2005, and was promoted to associate professor in 2011.

  Faculty Teaching Awards 2012-13 Andrew Weaver

Weaver accepts the Advancement of Teaching award.

“He has been an active scholar and performer throughout his career,” said Brennan, noting that Weaver’s book “Sacred Music as Public Image for Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III: Representing the Counter-Reformation Monarch at the End of the Thirty Years’ War” was recently published.

Weaver is known for encouraging projects with performance opportunities for his students.

“His nominators noted specifically the work in his seminar coordinated with the opera production of the great Italian composer Monteverdi’s ‘Poppea,’” said Brennan. “He coached many of the singers participating in the performances, both graduate and undergraduate, and taught them various performance possibilities suggested by scholars in recent research.” This performance was acclaimed in The Washington Post and other media, he added.

A colleague noted that Weaver’s greatest achievement was the creation of a B.A. in music, a program that doesn’t require an audition and is designed to provide students with advanced music preparation at the university level combined with a broad liberal arts education.

Brennan noted Weaver was praised by colleagues for “his caring and innovative approach to education. He truly embodies the ideal of ‘scholar as performer, or ‘musicologist as performer.’”

“It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award,” said Weaver, adding that his parents had traveled from North Carolina to see him honored. “I am thankful to be teaching at this school that encourages us to be innovative and creative and provides the rich environment that made this award possible.”

He added that the award is not his alone, but belongs to the colleagues “without whom I never could have pursued the activities for which I’m being honored.” The award, he said, speaks to a cornerstone of his pedagogy “and that is of collaboration,” with students, colleagues, and other schools at the University. “I love what I do.” Read more.