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Panamanian percussionist Carlos Camacho (b. 1989) is on the percussion faculty of the Ohio Wesleyan University and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music preparatory department. Recent activities include performances with the Louisville Orchestra, The Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra, Resonance Works Pittsburgh, Alia Musica, Tepki Music Collective and a tour with the YOA Orchestra of the Americas through central america (Panamá, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Belize). He has also performed with groups such as the Symphony of the Americas, the Pittsburgh Noise Orchestra and the National Symphony of Panama, which whom he performed as soloist on several occasions. He has made appearances at festivals such as the Rome Music Festival (Italy), Santa Catarina Music Festival (Brazil), The Eastern Music Festival (USA) the Whats!on Festival and the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, among others.

Some awards include the Thomas Craigie Wagner II Percussion Scholarship, The Texas PAS chapter Percussion scholarship (Pro-Mark) and the Good Neighbor scholarship. Also, an award for outstanding musicianship in the Berklee College of Music world Scholarship Tour auditions 07, resulting on a full scholarship to study at their Five Weeks Summer Performance Program. His piece, “π, for vibraphone and glassware” won the Fisher Tull Composition Award on 2011.

As a supporter of new music, Carlos has been responsible for many commission projects by international and Panamanian composers. He has collaborated and premiered works of composers such as Peter Garland, Kyle Gann, Brian Herrington, Ricardo Risco, Emiliano Pardo-Tristan, Michael Byron, Nancy Galbraith, Binna Kim and many others. He is founder of the percussion group Three by Radio, based in Cincinnati, to promote and perform the percussion works of Latin American composers.

Mr. Camacho is in demand as a guest clinician in the the USA, Panama and abroad. He has appeared as faculty for the Alfredo de Saint Malo Music Festival in Panama, the Sejong Dream Tree Orchestra in South Korea and the International Percussion Festival of Honduras. He has also presented clinics and master classes at The school of Performing Arts of Virginia Tech, the National University of Panama, The National Conservatory of Panama and many public schools in USA, Panama and Central America. As the president and founder of the Percussive Arts Society Panama Chapter, Camacho has been responsible for hosting many events, including the annual PAS-Panama percussion Seminar.

Dr. Camacho holds an undergraduate degree in music performance from Sam Houston State University, a masters degree in percussion from Carnegie Mellon University and a doctoral degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His music is published by Cayambis Music Press and has recorded under Centaur Records and Ablaze Records.

Dr. Camacho is a proud artist for Dream Cymbals and Gongs, and Mike Balter Mallets. 

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