James Romig

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James Romig
Born(1971-08-05)August 5, 1971
EducationRutgers University (PhD) University of Iowa (MM, BM)

James Romig is an American composer born August 5, 1971, in Long Beach, California. He was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music. He earned BM and MM degrees in from the University of Iowa in percussion performance, and a PhD in composition from Rutgers University, where he studied with Charles Wuorinen. He studied additionally with Milton Babbitt, and both Babbitt and Wuorinen served on his dissertation committee. In 2001, after one-year visiting positions at Pittsburg State University and Bucknell University, Romig joined the faculty at Western Illinois University, where he heads the composition/theory area. He lives in Macomb, Illinois, with his wife Ashlee Mack (coordinator of piano instruction at Knox College). [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]


  • 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music, finalist (Still, for solo piano)
  • 2019 Copland House Award and Residency
  • 2019 Petrified Forest National Park, Artist in Residence
  • 2018 Guest Co-Editor of Perspectives of New Music issue celebrating Charles Wuorinen's 80th year
  • 2017 Everglades National Park, Artist in Residence
  • 2012 Grand Canyon National Park, Artist in Residence
  • 2011 Copland House Award and Residency
  • 2009 Petrified Forest National Park, Artist in Residence


  • The Complexity of Distance. Mike Scheidt, electric guitar. New World Records: NW 80837. 2022.
  • Still. Ashlee Mack, piano. New World Records: NW 80802-2. 2018.
  • Time Seems To Pass. New Muse Piano Duo. Blue Griffin Records: BGR 407. 2017.
  • Leaves from Modern Trees: Chamber Music 1999–2016. Various artists. Parallax Music Press: PMP 172. 2017.
  • Time Seems To Pass (extended version). Khasma Piano Duo. Parallax Music Press: PMP 171. 2017.
  • Dorsia 2a. Duo Harpverk: “Offshoots.” Greenhouse Studios. 2014.
  • Out of Frame. Millikin Percussion Ensemble: “Premieres.” First Step Records: FSR 5012. 2012.
  • Ferocious Alphabets. Perspectives of New Music Vol. 49/2. PNM/OS CD3. 2012.
  • Transparencies. SCI CD Series: “Mosaic.” Navona Records: NV 5825. 2010.

Articles, Interviews, and References[edit]


  1. ^ "Finalist: Still, by James Romig". www.pulitzer.org.
  2. ^ Bliss, Tommy McCutchon,Michael A. Gonzales,David Toop,Dave Tompkins,Robert Rigney,Francis Gooding,Nick Currie,Katrina Dixon,Abi. "The Wire 414". The Wire Magazine – Adventures In Modern Music.
  3. ^ "Composers / Copland House Residency Awards // Copland House …where America's musical past and future meet". www.coplandhouse.org.
  4. ^ Kosman, Joshua (April 16, 2018). "CD review: James Romig, 'Still'". San Francisco Chronicle.
  5. ^ "Composer finds complexity of nature an inspiration". Williams News.
  6. ^ "Ashlee Mack and James Romig - AIRIE". airie.org. Archived from the original on 2020-09-21.
  7. ^ Forest, Mailing Address: Petrified Forest National Park P. O. Box 2217 Petrified; Us, AZ 86028 Phone:524-6228 Contact. "Artist-in-Residence – Petrified Forest National Park (U.S. National Park Service)". www.nps.gov.
  8. ^ "Ashlee Mack". The New Yorker.