Composer Profile – Omar Thomas

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Name: Omar Thomas
State: MA
Primary Genre(s): Jazz
Audio Sample:
Prelude and Meditation

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Biography: Described as “elegant, beautiful, sophisticated, intense, and crystal clear in emotional intent,” the music of Omar Thomas continues to move listeners everywhere it is performed. Born to Guyanese parents in Brooklyn, New York in 1984, Omar moved to Boston in 2006 to pursue a Master of Music in Jazz Composition at the New England Conservatory of Music. He is the protégé of lauded composers and educators Ken Schaphorst and Frank Carlberg, and has studied under multiple Grammy-winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider.

An educator, arranger, and award-winning composer, Omar has created music extensively in the contemporary jazz ensemble idiom. He was appointed to the position of Assistant Professor of Harmony at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music at the surprisingly young age of 23. Omar was nominated for the Distinguished Faculty Award after only three years at the college. He has been awarded the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award in 2008, and was invited by the ASCAP Association to perform his music in their highly exclusive JaZzCap Showcase, held in New York City. In 2012, Omar was named the Boston Music Award’s “Jazz Artist of the Year!”