Award-winning novelist and composer, Roma Calatayud-Stocks, holds degrees in Music and Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and postgraduate studies in creative writing from the University of St. Thomas.

Calatayud-Stocks is the author of two historical novels A Song in My Heart, and soon to be published,  under Calumet Editions, A Symphony of Rivals. She’s currently working on the third book of her 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.

“An Extraordinary Fusion of Music and Literature,” Book Reviewer List.

Roma has released two albums “Carnival of Life,” and, to accompany her debut novel, “A Song in My Heart.” With classical, jazz, and Latin musical influences in various genres, the albums showcase her original songs and instrumental compositions. The music is performed by an acoustic ensemble, including some of the finest Twin Cities musicians. 

Roma created Latin Renaissance, a celebration of Latin cultures sponsored by Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra. Calatayud-Stocks served as artistic director and producer. The concert, at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, showcased the work of composers from the Nineteenth Century to the present, including the premiere of her waltz, “Vals del Sol.”

She has twenty years of experience in various roles at institutions, including the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, Intermedia Arts, MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Vocal Essence, and Walker Art Center. She has toured the United States to present her work to universities, libraries, corporations, women’s clubs, and book fairs. Roma lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Tom.

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
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