Omar Surillo, Composer

Updated: May 5

Omar Surillo, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is an award-winning composer, producer/engineer, and multi-instrumentalist from Orlando, FL. His music has been performed by the Victory Players, Greenwood String Quintet, and the Yale Philharmonia. Aside from his compositional and academic duties, Surillo remains an active performer and is often called upon to write, collaborate, and record music of multiple genres with artists in Venezuela, California, and New York City.

In 2006, Surillo began pursuing his undergraduate degree from Stetson University, where he studied music composition with Sydney Hodkinson and Manuel de Murga. While at Stetson, he was awarded the title of Stetson Piano Scholar (2006), selected as an associate artist for the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2008 – David Lang – composer, mentor), and inducted into the music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda (2008). 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 and the Baumgardner Scholarship to attend the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (2011).

After graduating from Yale University, Surillo went on to teach audio production, post- AP music theory, and composition classes at ACES Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT. In 2013, he went on to teach Digital Audio and Music Theory at Stetson University, along with History of Jazz and Rock, Musicianship, and Composition courses at Valencia College. Currently, Surillo serves as music faculty at Dallas College, where he teaches composition, all levels of music theory and ear training, recording arts courses, piano, guitar, and American Music (History of Jazz and Rock).