Omar Carmenates is currently the Assistant 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.
In addition to his duties at Furman, Omar is also versatile performer with a strong interest in contemporary solo and chamber repertoire. His debut solo CD, entitled The Gaia Theory, is released through Rattle Records and he can can also be heard on the Cantaloupe Records release of John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit, a work that he both co-commissioned and directed in its United States premiere.
Also active in the marching arts, Omar has been the Percussion Arranger for both the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps and the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, as well as for numerous ensembles in all levels of the activity. Omar is also active as a judge for Winter Guard International.
Omar is a proud endorser/artist for Grover Pro Percussion, Vic Firth, Inc. Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, and Pearl Corporation/Adams Musical Instruments.