School of Music


Dr. James Romig James Romig

Office Location: Sallee 222
Office Phone: (309) 298-1544 (main office)
Title: Professor, Theory and Composition

James Romig (b. 1971) endeavors to create music that reflects the intricate complexity of the natural world, where fundamental structures exert influence on both small-scale iteration and large-scale design, obscuring the boundaries between form and content. His music has been performed in 49 states and 30 countries. Notable ensemble performers include the JACK Quartet, Talujon, Ensemble Chronophonie, Duo Contour, Helix, the Khasma Duo, the New Muse Duo, Suono Mobile, and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

Solo performances include recitals by pianists Ashlee Mack and Taka Kigawa, flutists John McMurtery and Harvey Sollberger, violinist Erik Carlson, and numerous others. His music for percussion has become especially well-known and has received hundreds of performances around the world.

Guest-composer visits include Juilliard, Eastman, Buffalo, Bowling Green, Northwestern, Illinois, the Cincinnati Conservatory, and the American Academy in Rome. Residencies include Petrified Forest National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Copland House.

He holds degrees from Rutgers University (PhD, studying with Charles Wuorinen and Milton Babbitt) and the University of Iowa (MM, BM). He has been on faculty at Western Illinois University since 2002.