Omar Carmenates is currently the Associate Professor of Percussion at Furman University in Greenville, SC where he oversees all aspects of the percussion program including classical, jazz, and world percussion studies. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University, a Master of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida. Omar is also a versatile musician and his debut solo recording, entitled The Gaia Theory, was released through Rattle Records in 2013. He is also the director, producer, and arranger of “The John Psathas Percussion Project”, a collaboration aimed at recording and performing percussion ensemble arrangements of the works of New Zealand’s most prominent composer, John Psathas.
Omar also actively explores the intersection between music and sustainability. He has done research on the endangerment of Honduras Rosewood and its effects on the percussion industry, participated in interdisciplinary collaborations with ecoacoustic composer Matthew Burtner, and can also be heard on the Cantaloupe Records release of John Luther Adams’ concert-length Inuksuit for 9-99 outdoor percussionists, a work that he both co-commissioned and directed in its United States premiere.
Omar is a proud endorser/artist for Grover Pro Percussion, Vic Firth, Inc. Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, and Pearl Corporation/Adams Musical Instruments.