A native of Moorestown, NJ, James Roman attended Westminster Choir College (WCC) in Princeton, NJ where he earned a BM and MM in Organ Performance and Sacred Music as a student of Ken Cowan and Alan Morrison. In addition to his time at WCC James also studied with Grethe Krogh in Copenhagen, Denmark.
James has given numerous recitals in the Northeast and Texas and was a 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 has participated in three tours of Denmark and Sweden both as a choral singer and accompanist with the music ministry at the First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown, NJ. 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. Performances with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and New York’s Carnegie Hall have 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 can be heard on a recently released recording of Bernstein’s MASS with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the Deutsche Grammophon label. He was also a member of the Grammy-nominated Westminster Williamson Voices under the direction of Dr. James Jordan and released two recordings with the ensemble under the GIA and Naxos labels: A Hole in the Sky and Carolae: Music for Christmas.
In the Fall of 2018 James will begin work on a Certificate in Music Performance at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music as a student of Daryl Robinson.
James currently resides with his wife Grace in Houston, TX and is the Associate Organist/Pianist at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.