Derek Douglas Carter

From Wind Repertory Project
Derek Douglas Carter


Derek Douglas Carter (b. 11 January 1994, Long Beach, Calif.) is an American composer, conductor and artist.

Mr. Carter holds a bachelor's degree in music composition from Illinois State University (ISU). While at ISU, Derek has participated in the concert and marching bands, the handbell ensemble, and founded a new music ensemble. He has collaborated with musicians, poets, directors, and choreographers to create experimental new work, often incorporating text and speech in concert settings as well as theatrical elements in solo and small chamber pieces.

He holds a master's in composition from the University of Louisville, where he studied with Steve Rouse and Krzysztof Wolek. He completed his master's in orchestral conducting in 2020, also from the University of Louisville.

His music has been performed across the Midwest, New England, the South, as well as in Canada, Poland, and Spain. Mr. Carter has been a festival participant in the Charlotte New Music Festival, Synthetis Summer Courses, and Domaine Forget. He has worked with ensembles and soloists including the Illinois State Symphonic Winds, University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra, Parker Ramsey, Mieko Kanno, and a plethora of student performers.

Works for Winds


  • Biography from Illinois State University Symphonic Winds concert program, 23 March 2016
  • Derek Douglas Carter, personal correspondence, January 2021
  • Derek Douglas Carter website Accessed 3 January 2021
  • The Horizon Leans Forward..., compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 278.