Roy, J. Michael

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J. Michael Roy


Born: October 30, 1949

Country: Macon, Missouri, U.S.A.

Studies: University of Missouri -Kansas City, University of Iowa



J. Michael Roy received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and has worked on a D.M.A. degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Iowa. He has over 35 years experience as a symphonic percussionist, composer, recitalist and clinician. Mr. Roy has worked as a free-lance percussionist in the Twin Cities area where he has performed with nearly every large musical organization including the Minnesota and Plymouth Orchestras and the Minnesota Opera and has been involved with the performance of several major works, including several world premieres.

Over the past twenty years, Mr. Roy has also served as music director for the St. Croix Valley Summer Theatre and the UWRF University Theatre where he has conducted many musicals, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hello Dolly, Man of La Mancha, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Nunsense I and II, Side by Side by Sondheim, Cabaret, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and will be working on Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in Fall of 2007.

Mr. Roy has composed and arranged over 80 works for percussion, specializing in works for the beginning and intermediate student. These works have been performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Mr. Roy's compositions and arrangements are available through Medici Music Press, Barnhouse Music Publishers, C. Alan Publications, and JMR Percussion Publications. Rhythmic Configurations, his latest publication for percussion ensemble appeared in print last year.

From 1973-1980, Mr. Roy taught theory, percussion, and piano at the West Virginia Institute of Technology. He is currently a Professor of Theory, Composition, and related courses at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he continues to compose and perform.[1]

Works for Percussion

...And Four to Go! - Percussion Octet
A Little Slam - Snare Drum
Bi-Cycles - Percussion Duo, Snare Drum
Dialogue for One - Multiple Percussion
Double Cross (Roy) - Timpani
Explosions - Percussion Octet
Flam-able - Snare Drum
Flaming Forge - Timpani
Introduction and Dances for Two Snare Drums - Snare Drum
Kabe - Percussion Ensemble (10)
Marsch Frisch - Snare Drum
Mazatlan - Timpani
On the Edge (Roy) - Snare Drum
Out of Space - Out of Time - Percussion Nonet
Percussion Symphonette for Eight Players - Percussion Octet
Prestidigitation - Snare Drum
Reflection in 5/8 - Timpani
Rhythmic Configurations - Percussion Nonet
Rondino (Roy) - Snare Drum
Savage Ritual, aka Sacrificial Dance - Percussion Nonet, Piano
South of the Border - Percussion Quintet
Stick Around - Snare Drum
Sync or Swim - Snare Drum
Tampico - Timpani
The Temple of Yang - Percussion Octet
Tracings - Timpani
Tri-Cycles - Percussion Trio (Snare Drums)
Triton - Timpani
Waltz Melange - Snare Drum