Professor of Music, Music Theory
Omar Surillo, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is an award-winning composer, producer/engineer, and multi-instrumentalist from the Orlando area. His music has been performed nationally and internationally in various ensembles ranging from classical to rock.
Prior to Stetson, Surillo performed keyboards for R&B/pop girl group, Cleopatra, aboard Disney Cruise Line's Magic cruise ship. The concert celebrated the ship's maiden voyage and aired on the Disney Channel (September 1998). Between 1999 and 2004, he toured extensively as a drummer and guitarist for rock groups Unsung Zeros, Mashlin, and Agent Felix; opening for acts such as The Ataris, Thursday, MxPx, The Starting Line, and Yellowcard.
While pursuing his undergraduate degree at Stetson, he was awarded the title of Stetson Piano Scholar, selected as an associate artist for the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2008 - David Lang in residence), and inducted into the music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda. In 2009, Surillo began his master's degree at the Yale School of Music, where he studied with composers Martin Bresnick, Aaron Jay Kernis, Ingram Marshall, Jack Vees and Christopher Theofanidis. While at Yale, he was awarded the Frances E. Osborne Kellogg Memorial Prize, an award for best composition in a contrapuntal style, and the Baumgardner Scholarship to attend the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Aside from his teaching duties, Surillo remains an active composer and is often called upon to write, collaborate, and record with artists in Poland, Venezuela, California, New York and Indiana. He currently resides in Orlando where he enjoys spending time with his fiancée, Heather, and chasing after his bulldog, Dexter.
- M.M., music composition, Yale School of Music, 2011
- B.M., music theory and composition, Stetson University, 2008
- A.A., Valencia College, 2006
- Phone: 386-822-7266