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 30 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 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 and Cabaret which ran for seven performances last December.
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. Savage Ritual, 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 Chair of the Music Department and Professor of Theory, Composition, and Orchestration at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he continues to compose and perform.