Award-winning novelist 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.
Roma is the author of two historical novels, A Song in My Heart, and the recently released, A Symphony of Rivals. She’s currently working on the third installment of the series, An Ode to Joy. And in line with her life passion and commitment to bring forth the contributions of all cultures through the arts, Roma’s narratives, set to music, provide a window to locations across the world, while also addressing poignant issues, politics of the era, and history.
Calatayud-Stocks released two albums, “A Song in My Heart,” to accompany her debut novel, A Song in My Heart, and “Carnival of Life.” With classical, jazz, and Latin musical influences, the albums, performed by an acoustic ensemble, showcase her original songs and instrumental compositions.
“An Extraordinary Fusion of Music and Literature,” Book Reviewer List.
Roma has twenty years of experience in various roles at arts organizations. Through Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, in 2002, she created Latin Renaissance-a ground-breaking concert at Orchestra Hall. As a pioneer in bringing to Minnesota the diversity of Latin American Music, the concert featured Twin Cities musicians who performed various genres from Argentinian tangos, to Brazilian sambas, to Mexican Waltzes. Since then, Roma has continued to highlight Latin American and other world cultures through other organizations including Film Society of Minneapolis St Paul, MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Vocal Essence, and Walker Art Center. She has toured the United States to present her work at universities, libraries, women’s clubs, and book fairs. Roma lives in Minneapolis with her husband.
Speaking Engagement Topics:
- Arts and Leadership
- Art History: Western, Eastern, Asian, Latin American
- Music History: Classical, Jazz, Latin American
- Writing Historical Fiction
- Women in Art & Music