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 composes solo, chamber, and large ensemble works that have been performed at recitals and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Compositional studies with Charles Wuorinen instilled in his musical aesthetic a deep regard for iterative structure and self-similar form, while theoretical studies with Milton Babbitt reinforced the notion of multi-level correlation of rhythm and pitch. Interaction with the natural world through hiking and photography has engendered an interest in fractals and chaotic systems, while influences as diverse as Paul Klee, Brian Ferneyhough, and Haruki Murakami have inspired the creation of multivalent artworks that provide performers and audiences with numerous potential cognitive pathways and manners of appreciation.

Romig holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University and M.M. and B.M. degrees from the University of Iowa. He is currently associate professor of composition and theory at Western Illinois University and has also taught at Rutgers University and Bucknell University. Guest-composer visits include Northwestern University, Columbia University, the Cincinnati Conservatory, Juilliard, the American Academy in Rome, and Petrified Forest National Park. His works are available from Parallax Music Press, Curving Walkway Publications, and