Biography

Award-winning author and composer Roma Calatayud-Stocks holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music and Psychology from the University of Minnesota and post-graduate studies in creative writing from the University of St. Thomas. In line with her life passion for highlighting many cultures’ artistic contributions, Roma has collaborated for twenty years with Twin Cities’ cultural organizations, including Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, Vocal Essence, MacPhail Center for Music, The Museum of Russian Art, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Film Society, the International Alliance of Women in Music, and the National Guild for Communities Arts Education.

Calatayud-Stocks is the author of two historical novels, inspired by Magical Realism, A Song in My Heart and A Symphony of RivalsThese literary works, set in locations across the world, provide a window to cultural diversity while also addressing poignant issues, politics of the era, and history. In her stories, the protagonists are legendary artists, composers, and authentic characters during periods of historical significance in the 20th. Century. 

The books are recipients of several book awards, including Best Novel Historical Fiction by the 14th & 21st International Latino Book Awards; First Place in the Arts Category by Midwest Book Awards; Multimedia Experiences Adult Books by Mom’s Choice Awards; Mariposa Awards Debut Book English, and Latino Books into Movies Awards by the International Latino Book Awards. She’s currently working on the third book of the series, An Ode to Joy, coming soon. 

Calatayud-Stocks released two albums, “A Song in My Heart,” to accompany her debut novel, A Song in My Heart, and “Carnival of Life.” The albums, with classical, jazz, and Latin musical influences, bring together the performances of renowned Twin Cities musicians. Through Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, Roma created and produced Latin Renaissance. The ground-breaking concert at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis featured the diversity of Latin American music from Argentinian tangos to Brazilian sambas to Mexican waltzes. She debuted her waltz composition, “Vals del Sol” (The Sun Waltz).

Roma has toured the United States to present her work at universities, libraries, women’s clubs, and book fairs. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband.

Speaking Engagement Topics:

  • Arts and Leadership
  • Art History
  • Music History: Classical, Jazz, Latin American
  • Writing Historical Fiction
  • Women in Art & Music