Kevin McCarter writes music for chamber groups, solo performers, choral ensembles, and orchestras. His music has been performed in a variety of venues. The Chicago Chamber Orchestra gave the premiere of Opening Ideas at the Chicago Cultural Center. The Manhattan Choral Ensemble commissioned As the Earth Brings Forth Her Bud for a spring performance on the Columbia University campus. Central Brass performed Prelude and Excursion at a new music festival at the University of Central Missouri. The New York Composers Circle presented Early Voices on a program of chamber music and songs at Saint Peter’s Church in New York. Miniature Trio for Violin, Piano, and the Space Between the Notes was performed in conjunction with a poem on one of In Mid Air Productions’ programs in Rockaway NJ. McCarter’s organ music has been played at church services across the country as well as on recitals.

Three works have reached a wider audience than the others. Blossoms and a Breeze, a piece for flute, oboe, and clarinet, was written for the Ocean Wind Trio, who performed it on several of their programs. It has also been played by other ensembles, including New Music North in Thunder Bay ON. Three Songs on Poems of Emily Dickinson received an Encore grant, leading to performances in Paris, Vienna, Rome, and cities in the American Midwest. Other sopranos have sung the songs on recitals in New York and Virginia. Opening Ideas, in addition to concert performances, was recorded for Masterworks of the New Era, Volume 8 (ERM Media) and has been heard on a number of radio broadcasts.

McCarter earned his bachelor’s degree at Principia College, where his studies included composition, piano, and organ. He also earned a Master of Music in accompanying from the University of Southern California and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Maryland.


Prisma Vol. 5

Release Date: April 9, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6344
21st Century
Navona Records’ acclaimed PRISMA series continues with a fifth installment, again showcasing the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra’s riveting take on contemporary composition. With a focus on innovation and imaginative performance, the orchestra brings a breath of fresh air to a repertoire that’s all-too-often dominated by mainstream works.


Release Date: April 1, 2013
Catalog Number: NV5909
21st Century
String Quartet
Music represents a dialogue between composer and listener, channeled through performance and observation. Much like in spoken conversation, the works in PERCEPTIONS present us with the revealing perspectives of their composers as told through small ensembles. The listener is presented with music that entrances, enkindles, jars, lingers, connects, and engrosses–perceptions both highly incisive and deeply personal.