Award-winning author, composer, and Arts/Cultural consultant Roma Calatayud-Stocks holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music and Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Other post-graduate studies include creative writing from the University of St. Thomas and Cultural Diplomacy from the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Germany.
In line with her passion for highlighting many cultures’ artistic contributions and arts education, Roma has collaborated in various roles for twenty years with cultural organizations: Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, Vocal Essence, MacPhail Center for Music, TMORA, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Film Society, International Alliance of Women in Music, National Guild for Communities Arts Education in N.Y., The Minnesota Orchestra, and The Minnesota Opera.
Calatayud-Stocks is the author of three historical novels set in the Twentieth Century: A Song in My Heart, A Symphony of Rivals, and the soon to be published, third installment of the series, “An Unveiling Light of Beauty.”
Roma’s stories, set in locations across the world, provide a window to various cultures while also addressing poignant issues, politics of the era, and history. The protagonists are authentic characters whose lives intersect with legendary composers, artists, and historical figures.
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.
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. Roma created and produced Latin Renaissance. The ground-breaking concert featured the diversity of Latin American music. 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