Omar is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in violin, viola, and mandolin. Omar’s love of music began at an early age through his father’s frequent vocal renditions of traditional Spanish folk songs. He began studying piano and guitar in elementary school. Omar immersed himself in the study of classical and jazz repertoire while studying violin and viola at Edison State College. With a focus on music education and a dual-enrollment at Florida Gulf Coast University, Omar also taught at the Guadalupe Center (an institution whose mission is “is to break the cycle of poverty by providing educational, social, and other support programs and resources”), providing violin lessons to under-privileged children. He also taught lessons through Edison State College as a private tutor for music theory and sight-singing, while also maintaining a private studio.
Omar moved to the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area in the spring of 2010, and has quickly made a name for himself in the local music community. Collaborations and engagements include Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends, Chocolate Suede, Shana Tucker, Birds and Arrows, Jonathan Byrd (and many other wonderful people in shorter engagements, including Trampled By Turtles, Amanda Palmer, Chris Stamey, etc.). Omar can be found performing almost every night with one of his several current bands, or sitting in with other long standing groups well-known to the area. He also currently works and teaches violin with Kidznotes, a nonprofit organization that provides free musical and cultural resources for underprivileged children in the public school system.
Omar is a gifted and encouraging teacher, whose passion for music is easily seen through his interactive and innovative method of teaching. He believes that a well-structured music and arts education is essential for the development of a growing mind.