Carlos Simon (b. 1986, Washington, D.C.) is an American composer and arranger.
Dr. Simon earned his doctorate degree at the University of Michigan, where he studied with Michael Daugherty and Evan Chambers. Simon has also gained degrees from Georgia State University and Morehouse College. Additionally, he studied in Baden, Austria, at the Hollywood Music Workshop with Conrad Pope and at New York University's Film Scoring Summer Workshop.
His most recent accolades include the Underwood Emerging Composer Commission from the American Composers Orchestra , the winner of the prestigious Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Award in 2015 and the Presser Award from the Theodore Presser Foundation. In the same year, he served as the young composer-in-residence with the Detroit Chamber String and Winds for the 2015-2016 season. He now serves on the music faculty at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Serving as music director and keyboardist for GRAMMY Award winner Jennifer Holliday, Simon has performed with the Boston Pops Symphony, Jackson Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony. Mr. Simon has toured internationally with soul Grammy nominated artist Angie Stone, where he performed throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Carlos Simon is a member of many music organizations including ASCAP, where he was honored as "Composers to Watch" in 2015. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Music Sinfonia Fraternity (honorary member), National Association of Negro Musicians, Society of Composers International, and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. His compositions have been published by the Gregorian Institute of America (GIA) Publications and Hal Leonard Publications.
Works for Winds
- AMEN! (2017)
- Fanfare for the Soldier (2002)
- Let My People Go (2023)
- Life Motions (2010)
- Reflections (2021)
- Sweet Chariot (2019)
- White Only, Colored Only (2016)
- Alston, Brenton F.. "Amen!." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 895-903. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.
- Burch-Pesses, Michael. "Sweet Chariot." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 672-678. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.
- Carlos Simon website Accessed 21 November 2017
- The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 475.