Omar Thomas (b. 1984, Brooklyn, N.Y.) is an American educator, arranger and composer.
Born to Guyanese parents, 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 Ken Schaphorst and Frank Carlberg, and has studied under Maria Schneider.
Omar's music has been performed in concert halls across the country. He has been commissioned to create works in both jazz and classical styles. His work has been performed by such diverse groups as the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, the San Francisco and Boston Gay Mens' Choruses, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
He conducts the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble, a group was first assembled for Omar's graduate composition recital at the New England Conservatory of Music in the spring of 2008.
Omar is currently a member of both the Harmony and Music Education departments at Berklee, where he teaches all four levels of harmony offered, in addition to taking charge of the "Introduction to Music Education" course. Omar is an active member of the Berklee community, serving on the Diversity and Inclusion Council, the Comprehensive Enrollment Strategy Workgroup, and acting as co-chair of the LGBT Allies. Omar was nominated for the Distinguished Faculty Award after only three years at the college, and has thrice been awarded the Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard University, where he served as a teaching fellow.
Works for Winds
- Come Sunday (2018)
- A Mother of a Revolution! (2019)
- Of Our New Day Begun (2016)
- Shenandoah (as arranger) (2019)
- Omar Thomas website Accessed 9 February 2016