Biography

A native of Moorestown, NJ, James Roman received early organ training as a student of Joel Krott before attending Westminster Choir College of Rider University where he earned a dual undergraduate degree in Organ Performance and Sacred Music. He continued his education at Westminster and subsequently earned a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance. James studied organ with Ken Cowan and Alan Morrison at Westminster, and has had additional studies with Grethe Krogh in Copenhagen, Denmark.

James has given numerous recitals in the Northeast and was a student performer in the 2013 AGO Region III Convention in Winchester, VA. Additionally, he was the winner of the 2013 Joan Lippincott Organ Competition for Excellence in Organ Performance. 

 

An avid lover of choral music, James participated in three choir tours of Denmark and Sweden both as a choral singer and accompanist with the music program at the First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown. As a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, he performed under the baton of many world renowned conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Daniel Barenboim, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Recent performances, with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and New York’s Carnegie Hall, included Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 2. &  8, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Bernstein’s MASS, and the NYC premiere of Christopher Rouses’ Requiem. He was also a member of the Grammy-nominated Westminster Williamson Voices under the direction of Dr. James Jordan and released two recordingss with the ensemble under the GIA and Naxos labels: A Hole in the Sky and Carolae: Music for Christmas. James currently sings with the Houston Symphony Chorus under the direction of Dr. Betsy Cook Weber.

 

James currently resides with his wife Grace (a wonderful soprano!) in Houston, TX and is Associate Organist/Pianist at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. He also serves on the faculty of the Bridges Academy of Fine Arts, teaching organ and piano.

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