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Carlton L Winston

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Carlton L. Winston


Carlton L. Winston (b. 1990, Columbus, Ohio) is an American composer.

Winston briefly studied music education and music composition at Ohio University where he was a member of the Ohio University Symphonic band — under the direction of Dr. Richard Suk — and a member of Dr. Jason Smith’s tuba/euphonium studio.

With not much formal training in composition, Carlton completed his first original concert band composition, When the Great Owl Sings, in 2009. In 2012, Carlton won the ASCAP Halloween Music Contest for his composition Nibiru, the Bringer of Doom. He has also been a featured composer on the AfriClassical blog — a blog that features past and present African American classical composers.

Many of Carlton’s chamber and wind band works are best known for their explorations of the darker/mysterious overtones inspired by various mythologies and stories that have been told throughout human history. 2012 marked the first time Carlton began to explore film music as a viable option in his music career. He composed his first trailer music work for the Bulgarian multimedia company AudioNeptune. In 2013, Carlton decided to shift his music more towards exploring aspects of the human condition while fusing his unique style with a sense of beauty he believes is engraved in all of us; this began with his first lyrical work, Ulalume.

Carlton is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Works for Winds


  • Carlton L. Winston website Accessed 22 August 2016
  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 515.