Songwriter, novelist, and teaching artist, Roma Calatayud-Stocks holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota. After additional studies at MacPhail Center for Music and the University of St. Thomas, and in line with her life passion of honoring world cultures through history, music, and the arts, she started a professional career in music composition and historical fiction writing.
Roma's debut album, Carnival of Life, was released in 1998. In 2002 she created Latin Renaissance, a celebration of Latin cultures sponsored by the Minnesota Orchestra Volunteer Association at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Roma served as Artistic Director and Producer of this concert, showcasing the music of Latin composers from the 19th Century to the present including the world premiere of her waltz "Vals Del Sol".
In 2011, Calatayud-Stocks debut historical novel, A Song in My Heart, was published. This award-winning hard-cover book includes an original CD Soundtrack to accompany the narrative. All the music was composed by Calatayud-Stocks. In 2012, A Song in My Heart was made available in eBook and other digital formats.
A Song in My Heart CD soundtrack contains fourteen vocal and instrumental compositions in various genres including classical, Jazz, and Latin styles. To produce the album, Roma Calatayud-Stocks enlisted the talent of recording artist Chan Poling as arranger and performer, as well as that of other musicians of note including Estaire Godinez, Molly Shields, Dean Magraw, Jim Price, Gordy Johnson, Russ Peterson, Aurora String Quartet, and more.
This work is the literary and musical realization of years of study, research, composition, and artistry.