- Written by Mike Lawson
- Published: 28 June 2013
Casio America, Inc. has donated three keyboards to New Jersey City University in memory of Dominique Romeo, the father of Rob Romeo ’85, an assistant professor of music at his alma mater. Casio America’s donation of a Privia PX-330, a Privia PX-350, and an XW-P1 synthesizer to the University’s Caroline L. Guarini Department of Music, Dance and Theatre was made through Stephen Schmidt, vice president of the company’s Musical Instruments Division.
“Our keyboard donation represents our commitment to enhancing music education at NJCU and re-enforcing the legacy and love for music that Dominique Romeo left behind,” said Schmidt.
A master cabinet maker whose handiwork included designing and building doors at the Metropolitan Opera House, Dominique was born in Italy, raised in France, and immigrated to the United States in 1952. He became an American citizen in 1957 and settled in Cliffside Park in 1960.
Among many other interests, the elder Mr. Romeo was an avid opera and music fan who attended and recorded every one of his son’s campus concerts, becoming such a beloved audience member that performances would not begin until he had arrived. Mr. Romeo died on June 10, 2012.