Omar Carmenates is a versatile performer and pedagogue, having played in may groups in various genres. His interest in contemporary chamber and solo music has led to collaborations with composers and performers such as John Luther Adams, John Psathas, Eighth Blackbird, Christopher Adler, David Skidmore, and Christopher Deane. He has also premiered many works for percussion including the U.S. premieres of John Luther Adams' Inuksuit, John Psathas' Omnifenix for improvising saxophone, drum set, and orchestra, and the European premiere of Christopher Cerrone's Memory Palace for solo percussionist and live electronics. Carmenates' debut solo CD, The Gaia Theory, is being released by Rattle Records in 2013. Additionally, Carmenates is a member of the percussion collective the nief-norf Project and hosts the nief-norf Summer Festival, which brings together dozens of percussionists, scholars, and composers in a 10-day collaboration focusing on contemporary music.

As a pedagogue, Carmenates has taught and given clinics across the United State, Europe, and Asia, and has garnered a reputation as one fo the foremost authorities in the field of marching percussion. He is currently a percussion arranger for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, and was the percussion caption head for the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps from 2007-10 and the percussion arranger from 2009-10. Carmenates is a proud endorser/artist for Vic Firth, Inc. Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, and Pearl Corporation/Adams Musical Instruments.

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Percussion Ensemble


World Music

Examination of music from selected regions of the world. Emphasis on understanding the culture, meaning, and identities found in music outside the western European paradigm.


Percussion Methods

Preparing instrumentalists to teach the fundamentals of percussion performance at the elementary and secondary school level. Emphasis will be placed upon pedagogy as well as the acquisition of performance skills on all percussion Instruments.


Literature of the Instrument

Survey of the musical literature of a particular performance area. Students (typically performance majors) channel their research and study toward their own performance specialty and survey the general body of compositions written for that medium

I seek to give students a focused yet broad music education encompassing both performing and teaching. From Afro-Cuban Music to Beethoven, and from solo marimba to drumset, I emphasize the importance of a diverse course of study in order to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving musical landscape.

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John W. Parks IV
Florida State University
Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Ed Smith, Ed Soph, Robert Schietroma
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Jeffrey Moore
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