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.

Dr. Carmenates is also versatile performer with a strong interest in contemporary solo and chamber music. His debut solo CD, entitled The Gaia Theory, is released through Rattle Records and features premiere recordings of works by Scott Lindroth, John Psathas, Christopher Adler, David Skidmore, Christopher Deane, and Brian Nozny. Dr. Carmenates can also be heard on the Cantaloupe Records release of John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit for 9-99 percussionists, a work that he both cocommissioned and directed in its United States premiere. Forthcoming recordings also include a double-disc release entitled The John Psathas Percussion Project, featuring percussion arrangements of works by New Zealand’s most renowned composer, John Psathas, as well as a collaboration with Furman Univesity’s David E. Shi Center for Sustainability to record Matthew Burtner’s Six Ecoacoustic Quintets with the Furman Percussion Ensemble. Dr. Carmenates is a proud endorser/artist for Grover Pro Percussion, Vic Firth, Inc. Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, and Pearl Corporation/Adams Musical Instruments.

Name Title Description

MUS-061

Furman Bands

MUS-071

Percussion Ensemble

MUS-220

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.

MUS-333

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.

MUS-420

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.

Education
D.M.
Florida State University
M.M.
University of North Texas
B.M.
University of Central Florida
Training Under
John W. Parks IV
Florida State University
Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Ed Smith, Ed Soph, Robert Schietroma
University of North Texas
Jeffrey Moore
University of Central Florida

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