James Romig

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James Romig (born 1971) is an American composer who studied at the University of Iowa and Rutgers University, where he earned a Ph.D. studying with both Charles Wuorinen and Milton Babbitt. He has composed solo, chamber, and large ensemble works that have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent guest-composer visits include Northwestern University, Columbia University, the University of Illinois, the Cincinnati Conservatory,[1] Juilliard and the American Academy in Rome. He is associate professor of music theory and composition at Western Illinois University[2] His works are available from Parallax Music Press, Curving Walkway Publications, Flute World and his personal page. Notable awards include a 2010 Aaron Copland Award[3] and Aaron Copland House residency, and artist residencies at Petrified Forest National Park[4] and Grand Canyon National Park.[5] His work has been part of numerous new-music festivals such as the Aspen Composers Conference,[6] Wien Modern, Alfeo Gigli, Total Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Imagine, Iowa Composers Forum, and SCI Regional and National conferences. His recordings have been released on labels such as Navona Records (distributed by Naxos Records) and published in journals such as Perspectives of New Music.[7]



  • Block (1996) for multi-percussion
  • Disposition/Reflection (2011) for piano
  • Gedanke (1998) for piano
  • Islands That Never Were (2003) for piano
  • Oiseau Miró (2001) for flute
  • Piano Sonata (2004)
  • Second Piano Sonata (2007)
  • A Slightly Evil Machine (2005) for multi-percussion
  • Sonnet 1 (1999) for violin
  • Sonnet 2 (1999) for flute
  • Sonnet 3 (2001) for clarinet
  • Sonnet 4 (2002) for marimba
  • Sonnet 5 (2002) for cello
  • Sonnet 6 (2003) for bassoon
  • Sonnet 7 (2005) for unaccompanied steel drums
  • Thread Sketches (2001) for piano
  • Transparencies (2004) for piano
  • Vibraharp Sonata (1997)
  • Vibraphone Sonata No. 2 (1999)


  • Chronophonetic Alphabets (2007) for fl, cl, vln, vcl, pno, mba
  • Double 1 (1998) for flute and marimba
  • Double 2 (1998) for violin and marimba
  • Double 3 (2003) for trumpet and vibraphone
  • Double 4 (2004) for flute and piano
  • Double 5 (2007) for trombone and piano
  • Ferocious Alphabets (2005) for clarinet and violin
  • The Frame Problem (2003) for percussion trio
  • Islands That Never Were (2003) for vibraphone and piano
  • Leaves From Modern Trees (2011) for flute and piano
  • Negative Mirrors (2001) for fl, cl, vln, vcl, pno, and vibr
  • Out of Frame (2012) for marimba trio
  • Piano Trio (1997) for violin, cello, and piano
  • Recall Coordinator (2008) for flute and vibraphone
  • Shifting Brilliancies (2000) for oboe, vibraphone, bass, and piano
  • Small Worlds (2006) for fl, vln, cl, vcl, and pno
  • Spin (1999) quartet for flute, violin, cello, and keyboard percussion
  • Variations (1999) for string quartet
  • Walls Like These (2011) for cello and piano

Large Ensemble[edit]

  • Circulus and Invisible Cities (1992–93) for symphony Orchestra
  • Glaciers (2009) for symphony orchestra
  • Islands That Never Were (2006) for solo piano and string orchestra
  • Negative Mirrors (2002) for symphony orchestra
  • Percussion Concerto (2010) for solo percussionist and orchestra
  • Six Pieces (1996) for string orchestra
  • Trio for Orchestra (1998) for symphony orchestra


  • Mosaic, Society of Composers, Inc. Capstone Records. Recording of "Transparencies" by Ashlee Mack, piano. Navona 5825.
  • Musing, Sophia Anastasia. Recording of "Oiseau Miro."
  • Pitch/Pulse, Truman State University Percussion Ensemble. Recording of "The Frame Problem."
  • Milton Babbitt: A Composers' Memorial, published by Perspectives of New Music and The Open Space. Recording of "Ferocious Alphabets."[8]

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