Composition - Stage Music Emphasis, Master | Catholic University of America | Washington, D. C., United States
24 months
52190 USD/year
52190 USD/year
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Founded in 2005, this two-year Composition - Stage Music Emphasis program at Catholic University of America provides training and development for students in writing for a variety of genres, including opera, musical theatre, dance, and incidental music for drama.


Through private lessons, group workshops, coursework, and performance of a culminating thesis project, students of the Composition - Stage Music Emphasis program at Catholic University of America develop the special skills required for writing in theatrical or collaborative contexts, and apply them through practical work. 

This program was developed both in response to a perceived lack of formal training for composers who are interested in writing in non-concert genres, and to the availability of a large community of musical theatre, opera, dance, film, and other artists working both at Catholic University and in Washington, D.C.

Students in the program have collaborated with student playwrights and directors in the Department of Drama to compose incidental music and sound design for theatrical productions, have worked with choreographers and dancers, and have been involved in musical preparation for musical theatre and operatic productions in the Department of Music Performance as well. Graduates of the program have gone on to professional positions as university faculty positions and in professional theater.

Optional externship program

Available for second-year students, this externships program allows student composers the chance to work with an external professional artistic company or with an individual professional artist, sometimes composing music for a production. This externship program (the first externship session took place at Joy of Motion Dancer Center during summer session 2007) provides valuable experience to students as well as secure important introductions to the vibrant Washington, D.C., arts scene. Because the forging of connections and networks is so crucial to sustaining a professional artistic career, the contacts which this externship provide may prove vitally important to establishing a composer's career.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Composition 
  • Master’s Composition Seminar
  • Research Methodology
  • Stage Music Practicum
  • Topics in Stage Music
  • Music Theory/History

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


35 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Every International applicant needs to return a completed application.
  • Submit a $60 nonrefundable application fee. Payment must be in the form of a check or money order payable in U.S. currency to The Catholic University of America.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency
  • Submit confirmation of financial support
  • Submit secondary school report with translated transcripts
  • Receive your admission packet with visa information
  • Secondary School Report
  • Official/Attested Copy of Transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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