Stas Omelchenko is a Russian-Israel composer, pianist, arranger, and educator. He currently teaches composition and songwriting at Wilfrid Laurier University (Ontario, Canada) and teaches at the Beckett School at Laurier. Prior to joining Laurier’s Faculty of Music, he served as instructor of composition, music theory, and music history at Florida Southern College (USA), where he also directed the electronic recording studio. In addition, Stas has taught composition and music theory at The University of Tampa and at Patel Conservatory of Music at the David Straz Center in Tampa, Florida.
As an active composer, Stas has been commissioned by and has worked with many notable ensembles and performers including Loma Linda Academy (CA), Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Great Falls, Springfield, Valley Symphonies, Tampa Brass Quintet, and Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society. His works have also been commissioned and performed by higher educational institutions including Eastern Kentucky University, University of South Texas, St. Ambrose University, the University of Iowa Center for New Music, Florida Southern College, and The University of Tampa.
Stas’s music has been recorded, published and appears on numerous CDs, including the most recent, New Music for Brass Quintet (2021) by the University of Kentucky Faculty Brass Quintet and Decommissioned: Solo Violin in Cold War Relics (2021) by violinist Megan Karls (Great Falls Symphony Orchestra). Stas is also a current 2021 finalist for the American Music Prize in Music (composition category) for his choral work Amen. In addition, he has curated composition masterclasses with notable composer such as Soon Hee Newbold, Libby Larsen, and Frank Ticheli.
As an international presenter and scholar, Stas has served as an artist in residence at the University of Aveiro (Portugal) where he mentored composition students, presented composition lectures, and engaged students in masterclasses and workshops. His arrangements have been performed by the Yinbalim Hand Bell Choir (Israel). Additional international administrative experiences include co-directing a study and travel abroad trip to St. Petersburg, Russia through Florida Southern College, where he served as historian, translator, tour-guide, and administrative assistant. From 2013-2019 he was Assistant Director for the summer string camps at Florida Southern College and the University of Tampa, and he has served as assistant lead faculty of the International Opera Performance Experience (IOPE) string program in Mecatello, Italy.
A dedicated and impactful educator, Stas had mentored numerous students and helped launch their professional careers in composition, arranging, and music education. Many of his students have been attended acclaimed music programs such as Harvard, Yale, Miami, Redlands, Rice, Michigan, and York University in England. In addition, his students have landed prestigious roles performing in ensembles for companies including Disney World, Universal Studios, and Bush Gardens, while others have gone on to pursue teaching careers as K-12 educators nationwide or pursue careers in film and videogame music scoring.
Stas currently serves as board member at NUMUS, Inc., one of Canada’s oldest new music organization and has served on adjudication boards for “Call for Scores” competitions and regional music performance assessments. He is an active member of College Music Society, ASCAP, Society of Composers, American Composers Forum and is an honorary member of Pi Kappa Lambada. He has played principal tuba with West-Eastern Divan Symphony Orchestra, Tel Aviv University Symphony Orchestra, and has played under Daniel Barenboim, Sir Andrew Davis, Cliff Colnot, Ami Maayani, and Zubin Mehta. Stas received his music studies in Russia and Israel, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Roosevelt University (USA) where he studied tuba performance with Gene Pokorny and Charles Schuchat, and composition with Stacy Garrop, KyongMee Choi, Don Malone, and Gyula Fekete, and received his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in composition from the University of Iowa.