Carl Schroeder of Minneapolis, Minnesota, composes music for concert band, orchestra, choir, chamber ensembles and solo piano that is often inspired by American history, current events, natural surroundings and memories. His music has been performed by more than 40 concert bands, orchestras and choirs, including the Air Force Band of Mid-America and Ukraine's Chamber Choir Kyiv. He has received commissions from several ensembles and individuals, and four CDs of his music have been released. His most frequently performed works include Agora, Christine's Lullaby, The Minnesota Portraits, Remembrance and Two December Carols. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.