School of Music


Dr. James Romig James Romig

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

James Romig 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 boundaries between form and content. His work has been described as "a complex quilt of sound" (Moline Dispatch), "unhurried, pointillistic" (Baltimore Sun), and "the musical equivalent of fractal geometry" (Classical New Jersey). Influenced by both serialism (Romig studied with Milton Babbitt and Charles Wuorinen while earning a PhD at Rutgers University) and minimalism (he studied percussion as an undergraduate at the University of Iowa), his music is further inspired by post-modern literature, abstract expressionist painting, progressive rock, and doom metal.

His music has been performed in 49 states and more than 30 countries. Notable performers include the JACK Quartet, Talujon, Chronophonie, Collide-O-Scope, Duo Contour, Helix, Khasma Piano Duo, New Muse Duo, Zodiac Trio, Duo Harpverk, Suono Mobile, the Quad City Symphony, pianists Ashlee Mack and Taka Kigawa, flutists John McMurtery and Harvey Sollberger, violinist Erik Carlson, and others.

His percussion works are especially well-known and have received hundreds of performances around the world. Recordings of his music have been released by Blue Griffin, First Step, Navona, Parallax, and Perspectives of New Music/Open Space. Guest-composer visits include Eastman, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Illinois, Northwestern, and the American Academy in Rome. Artist residencies include national parks (Everglades, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest), Centrum, and Copland House. His music is available from Parallax Music Press.

He has been on faculty at Western Illinois University since 2002.