The Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree is offered to selected qualified students as a recognition of high professional attainment in composition, pedagogy, performance, or sacred music.
Applicants who qualify for entrance to this program will major in one of the following areas: composition, pedagogy (piano or voice), performance (chamber music, orchestral instruments*, piano, vocal accompanying, voice), orchestral conducting, or sacred music.
The Doctor of Musical Arts degree is not offered in the area of percussion, guitar, harp, euphonium, or saxophone.
The objective of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts is to provide an opportunity for advanced study at the highest artistic and pedagogical level. For this reason, admission to candidacy is highly selective.
The applicant must demonstrate prior experience in conducting orchestral ensembles. In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to the music school, the entering graduate student in the Master of Music degree program in Orchestral Conducting must take the Music Theory Placement Examination and the Music History Placement Examination. The following are also required: the student must (a) pass an entrance audition on campus with the CUA Symphony Orchestra, (b) pass an examination (both written and aural), and (c) have an interview with faculty audition committee. In cases where (a), (b), and/or (c) cannot be undertaken due to time or distance constraints, every effort will be made to evaluate the candidate as fairly as possible, by viewing a video or live rehearsal and scheduling an interview by telephone. First consideration will be given to candidates who audition in person. This is a select program and the above procedure is used when there are openings for candidates. Students admitted into this program will take advantage of an Open Studio policy among the orchestra conducting faculty in the fulfillment of private instruction requirements. Typically this graduate degree program will take four semesters to complete.
Field Experiences for M.M. Orchestral Conductors
The conducting student will observe and assist with at least one The Catholic University opera production and at least one The Catholic University musical theatre production. The requirement could alternatively be fulfilled with outside organizations with the approval of the major professors. Satisfactory completion of the requirement is contingent upon approval of the major professors and a positive evaluation from the supervising/host conductor. The student will also spend a minimum of two semesters observing one or more approved outside ensembles. The orchestral conducting division will assist the student in finding a suitable placement with an outside organization. In the event that an appropriate outside ensemble cannot be found, the student may fulfill the requirement with The Catholic University ensembles as approved by the major professors. Satisfactory completion of the requirement is contingent upon approval of the major professor and a positive evaluation from the supervising/host conductor.
Graduation Requirement Successful
completion of two conducting recitals is required: a 40minute conducting recital (MUS 902A) and a 30minute lectureconducting recital (MUS 902B). The recitals are to be conducted in public before a committee of the music school faculty, and are graded on a pass/fail basis. The performing ensembles may consist of players from the The Catholic University Symphony Orchestra or another appropriate ensemble from outside the school of music.