J. Michael Roy

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J. Michael Roy, now retired, has taught for forty-three years at the West Virginia Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. His specialty areas were Percussion, Theory, and Composition. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Music Theory 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 fifty years experience as a composer, arranger, symphonic percussionist, 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 Orchestra, the Plymouth Orchestra, and the Minnesota Opera and has been involved with the performance of several major works, including many world premieres.

During his time in River Falls, Roy has also served as music director for the St. Croix Valley Summer Theatre and the UWRF University Theatre where he accompanied and conducted over thirty 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, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, All Shook Up. and Chicago.

Mr. Roy has composed and arranged over 80 works for percussion, specializing in works for the beginning and intermediate student including some that are on the WSMA Festival List. These works have been performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe,and Japan. His compositions and arrangements are available through Medici Music Press, Barnhouse Music Publishers, C. Alan Publications, JMR Percussion Publication and Really Good Music, LLC..

Roy has also written several compositions for piano, horn, and choir, and over the past ten years, he has received eight commissions to compose pieces for various levels of concert band. In 2008, Roy arranged and wrote three original songs for the musical Inn Between the Holidaysand has just finished the arrangements for another new musical That Lovin’ Feelin’ which features songs made famous by the Righteous Brothers.


Title Genre Level Price
Desdemona (SATB) Choral INT/ADV $2.00
If All the World... Choral INT $2.00
Lady Macbeth (SATB) Choral INT/ADV $2.00
Make a Joyful Noise (SATB) with Piano and Opt. Organ Choral INT $2.00
Nordic Poem (Horn & Pno.) Horn EAS/INT $10.00
Old Mother Goose (SATB) Choral INT $2.00
Ophelia (SATB) Choral INT/ADV $2.00
There Was Crooked Man Choral INT $2.00
Toccata (Solo Piano) Piano ADV $8.00
Triquetra (Horn & Pno.) Horn INT $10.00
Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee (SATB) Choral INT $2.00

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