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Daniel McCarthy

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Daniel McCarthy


Daniel McCarthy (b. 1955, Onekoma, Michigan) is an American composer and educator.

Dr. McCarthy is a unique and fresh voice among the myriad of composers vying for attention in the contemporary music scene. His music defies categorization in terms of academic, experimental, traditional or other approaches to concert music except that it is infectiously appealing to listeners and performers alike. Music is music to Daniel McCarthy no matter what the medium or style. It abounds with rhythmic excitement, harmonic and lyric richness, and drama based in his musical roots which extends from opera, orchestra, band, jazz ensemble, rock, and funk.

McCarthy is a recipient of numerous awards for his music including the New Generations Orchestra Commissioning Award, The Sackler Award (finalist), The Ohio Arts Council Excellence Award (3), The Indiana Arts Commission Artist Award (2), The Indiana State University Distinguished Creative Professor Award and Arts Endowment Grant (5), The Ohio Adult Composers Award, OMEA Composer of the Year, and many more.

Dr. McCarthy is Section Chair of Composition and Theory at the University of Akron School of Music where he is founder and Director of the American New Music Festival in Akron, Ohio. Daniel was previously Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Creative Professor in Composition at Indiana State University where he directed the Contemporary Music Festival with the Louisville Orchestra.

Works for Winds


  • Daniel McCarthy website
  • Knopps, Amy K.. "Sound the Call." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 247-254. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2013.