Roy C. Dicks reviewed theater and classical music for Raleigh's Spectator Magazine from 1978-1986. Since 1997, he has done the same for the Raleigh News and Observer. He is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America. His musical background includes singing in and directing opera, authoring two commissioned opera librettos, and singing in university and community choruses. He has a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Drama from East Carolina University and a Masters of Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill.