Jason O'Mara

Musician / Technologist / Educator / Entrepreneur

Jason O'Mara
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My Story

"I am still learning." - Michelangelo

I have many passions in life... Music. Technology. Learning. Health. Politics. Socialogy. The future...

This site is meant to serve as an online aggregate of these passions, and the projects and businesses that I am inolved in that surround these passions.

Everything I do in life is with heart and dedication to being the best I can be.

Feel free to puruse at your leisure or drop me a line at jason [at] jason-omara.com if you need to get in touch with me. Thanks for stopping by!

With Love,
Jason

Technical Bio

My interest in tech was born in 2005 during what turned out to be a life-changing phone call with my good friend and fellow musician, Neil Shah. Looking to make a drastic career change from education to technology, Neil suggested that I explore web design.

That year, while still employed as a full-time school teacher and university professor, I began a rigorous self-education program in web design and development technologies. The following year, after working for a short time as a part-time web design freelancer, I made the leap from full-time educator to full-time freelance web designer/developer.

In 2007, I was hired by a Philadelphia-based advertising agency as a web developer. Here I was involved in providing client-side and server-side project development, systems architecture, and technical leadership for a wide range of web projects. I was a large contributor to the develpment of the agency's coding standards, SEO policy planning and implementation, and internal web development practices. Additionally, I worked closely with project management and sales to determine planning, budgeting, and scheduling for a majority of their web software development projects.

In October of 2010, I left my full-time position at the agency and founded Philadelphia-based web firm Roja Interactive. I currently serves as founder and CTO of Roja Interactive where I work closely with businesses and organizations to build better user experiences and develop ways to help them grow through digital advertising.

My frontend development skills include CSS, HTML/XHTML/HTML5, JavaScript, and AJAX. My backend development skills include developing and managing a wide range of database-driven applications using PHP/MySQL and ColdFusion/MSSQL.

I am detail-oriented, understand web usability and accessibility, can juggle multiple projects simultaneously, and am always committmented to excellence.

Some of My Skills Include...
  • Project Management and Budgeting
  • Web Software Systems Architecture
  • Database Design
  • UX Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Frontend Development
  • Backend Development
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Digital Marketing
Musical Bio

A Philadelphia native, Jason O’Mara performs and teaches throughout the Philadelphia area. He keeps a busy schedule working as a freelance saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist, oboist, composer, arranger, producer, and sometimes session musician.

jason omara saxophone philadelphiaEmbracing the challenge of musical versatility, Jason performs and records in a wide variety of musical contexts including regional orchestras, jazz ensembles, musical theater productions, salsa bands, and pop bands. He has shared the stage with many notable performers including Natalie Cole, Frankie Valli, Wayne Newton, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Teddy Pendergrass, Randy Brecker, James Moody, The O’Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, and the Temptations. Jason has subbed on a North American tour with The Midtown Men (made up of the original cast of the Jersey Boys) and can be seen on "Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia", a live DVD concert of Philadelphia’s most notable R&B performers produced by PBS and Sony records.

Jason has performed with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, the Lancaster Symphony, and the Trenton Symphony. He has been a part of the Mellon Jazz Festival, The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, and the Main Line Jazz Festival and has performed at Philadelphia clubs such as Zanzibar Blue, Chris' Jazz Cafe, and World Cafe Live. He is a founding member of the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra, the Philly Big Band, and the New Jersey Saxophone Quartet, with whom he has performed throughout the tri-state area, in Europe, and most recently, Carnegie Hall.

Currently Jason keeps a very busy schedule as a regular member of IQRAM (afro-pop band), Swift Technique (funk band), Nik Greeley & the Operators (funk/rock band), All About Me (Philadelphia wedding band), Elvis Bonilla Y Su Orquesta (salsa band), New Jersey Saxophone Quartet, When Jason is not performing as a sideman, he can be found leading The Jason O'Mara Group throughout the Philadelphia area.

Bands
carnegie hall
Performance Experience
  • Teddy Pendergrass
  • Natalie Cole
  • Frankie Valli
  • Wayne Newton
  • Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
  • Frank Sinatra Jr.
  • The O'Jays
  • The Temptations
  • Al Martino
  • Jay and The Americans
  • The Soul Survivors
  • Kenny Vance and The Planotones
  • Fred Parris and The Five Satins
  • The Midtown Men
  • James Moody
  • Dick Oatts
  • Randy Brecker
  • John Fedchock
  • Marvin Stamm
  • Jon Faddis
  • John Swana
  • Mike Abene
  • Steve Houghton
  • Shelly Berg
  • Jeff Jarvis
  • Jeff Kashiwa
  • Sal Lozano
Opera and Theater Experience

Jason has performed in several operas and over 100 musical theater productions as a woodwind doubler throughout the Philadelphia area, including The Kimmel Center, Merriam Theater, Prince Music Theater, Arden Theater, and Media Theater.

Educational Experience

Jason has held faculty positions at almost a dozen different education institutions. He is currently a faculty member of the Temple University Community Music Scholars Program (saxophone and jazz studies), where for over 10 years he has committed himself to providing enriching educational and musical opportunities to the young students of the great city of Philadelphia.

Past Faculty Positions
  • Faculty, Immaculata University
  • Faculty, Germantown Friends School
  • Founder and principal teacher for flute, oboe, clarinet, and saxophone studios, Bucks County Woodwind Studio
  • Faculty, Univ. of the Arts Summer Jazz Program
  • Substitute faculty, University of the Arts
  • Substitute faculty, Temple University
  • Faculty, Bucks County Community College Saxophone Workshop
  • Assistant director, Philadelphia High School Grammy Band
  • Director of woodwinds, Kennedy-Kenrick High School
  • Saxophone and clarinet teacher, The George School
  • Private woodwind teacher, Music and Arts Center, Horsham, PA
  • Director of Jazz Ensemble, Bensalem High School
  • Director of woodwinds, Conwell-Egan High School
  • Private woodwind teacher, The Music Workshop
  • Assistant director, Marian Anderson Award High School Jazz Ensemble

Tech

Roja Interactive

Roja Interactive

Founder, Partner

A company I started in 2010, Roja Interactive is a web design firm dedicated to providing businesses and individuals beautiful websites that convert.

Appetizing Sites

Appetizing Sites

Co-Founder

A company I co-founded with in 2013, Appetizing Sites is a restaurant website design software solution focused on creating results-driven websites for restaurants, cafes, bars, and businesses.

Buildzit

Buildzit

Co-Founder

A company I co-founded in 2014, Buildzit helps connect contractors and home builders with local distributors to find discounted building supplies.

Shaka Apps

Shaka Apps

Co-Founder

A company I co-found in 2012 as a mobile application division of Roja Interactive. We design and develop iPhone and Android apps.

Music

Jason O'Mara

Jason O'Mara, Musician

Freelance Musician, Producer

As a freelance saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist, oboist, producer, composer, arranger, and session musician, I have had the great pleasure of being a part of some incredible musical experiences. I regularly perform throughout the Philadelphia and NYC area and sometimes tour throughout the US.

Interactive

IQRAM

Saxophone, Producer, Manager

IQRAM is an African-inspired indie-pop band that fuses elements of pop, rock, dance, and traditional African music. Our goal is to spread joy and foster positivity through music.

Swift Technique

Swift Technique

Saxophone

Swift Technique is an up-and-coming funk band that has evolved from a live hip-hop group to an old school funk ensemble described as "in the tradition of James Brown, with the grit of Led Zeppelin". They are making waves in Philly and NYC and have held direct support slots for The Meters, Wu-Tang Clan, Fishbone, Soulive, Questlove, and many more major artists.

Wedding Band Philadelphia

All About Me

Saxophone, Tambourine, Cowbell

All About Me is a 10-piece party band consisting of dedicated full time professional musicians. Each one of them has extensive experience in the music industry and has toured, performed on stage and recorded with the likes of Jennifer Lopez, LL Cool J, R. Kelly, Aretha Franklin, Mary J Blige, Beyonce, and Will Smith.

Nik Greeley

Nik Greeley & the Operators

Saxophone

"The band's energetic live performances include a diverse spectrum of rhythm, blues, jazz, and extreme levels of funk, and is one of the most infectious live music experiences you'll have." - Live for LIve Music

Elvis Bonilla

Elvis Bonilla y Su Orquesta

Saxophone

Ten piece traditional (classical) salsa ensemble led by Philadelphia's Elvis Bonilla.

New Jersey Saxophone Quartet

New Jersey Saxophone Quartet

Founding Member, Saxophone

The NJSQ is a chamber ensemble that has performed throughout the East Coast, Europe, and at Carnegie Hall. The quartet is Frank Mazzeo (soprano saxophone), Jason O'Mara (alto saxophone), Todd Groves (tenor saxophone), and Chad Smith (baritone saxophone).

Puzzlebox

Puzzlebox

Saxophone

The brainchild of bassist/composer Keith DeStefano, an octet of like-minded jazz musicians incepted to give realization to Keith’s protean musical ideas.

City Rhythm Orchestra

City Rhythm Orchestra

Saxophone, Clarinet (sub)

In addition to being an acclaimed band in their native Philadelphia, CRO has established a reputation in Atlantic City, New York, Boston, Providence, Washington, Tampa, San Francisco, and beyond. Although I am not a full time member of tis great band, I love getting a chance to perform with them from time to time.

Afrodel Recrods

Afrodel Records

Co-Founder

Afrodel is a record company I co-founded with Venmo founder Iqram Magdon-Ismail that is committed to giving every artist a place to showcase work and to help everyone learn, love & inspire.

New Projects...

I have several new musical projects in the works that I hope to release soon - some larger in scale than others. I’m very excited for the future! Check back soon or sign up for the mailing list below to stay up-to-date.

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Learning

Community Music Scholars Program

Temple University Community Music Scholars Program

Faculty

The Temple University Community Music Scholars Program (CMSP) is an initiative of the Music Preparatory Division of the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. CMSP provides a comprehensive program of jazz and classical music instruction for school-aged Philadelphia children who have limited financial means. The program offers individual lessons in all standard orchestral instruments (including saxophone), three levels of music theory class, and jazz and string ensembles.