Praised by The Boston Musical Intelligencer for his appropriately “forlorn and soulful bassoon proposal” in the opening solo of Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, emerging bassoonist Daniel McCarty is currently completing his Master’s degree at The Juilliard School, where he studies with Kim Laskowski, Associate Principal Bassoon with the New York Philharmonic. A passionate orchestral musician himself, Dan has performed with the New England Conservatory Philharmonia and Symphony orchestras and Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in Boston’s Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall. He has also performed as a member of the Juilliard Orchestra in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. Equally passionate about chamber music, Dan has performed a vast array of contemporary and standard woodwind quintet repertoire ranging from Reicha to Harbison.
During the summer months, Dan has participated in festivals across North America, including the Hidden Valley Festival of Winds, where he performed side-by-side with principals of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony. Other festivals include Sarasota Music Festival and PRISMA Festival in BC, Canada.
Born in Massachusetts and raised in West Texas, music has been a part of Dan’s life since he started playing piano at age 6. He participated in local youth choirs and orchestras in Texas, and played viola and saxophone in addition to the bassoon throughout high school. Dan competed as one of five finalists in the 2018 President’s Own Marine Band Concerto Competition, and later that same year performed as a concerto soloist with Youth Orchestras of Lubbock as the winner of their concerto competition.
Dan has participated in masterclasses with Judith LeClair, William Short, Dan Shelly, Harrison Miller, John Clouser, Richard Svoboda, Rick Ranti, Greg Henegar, Suzanne Nelsen, Nancy Goeres, Frank Morelli, and Ted Soluri. Dan earned his bachelor’s degree at the New England Conservatory in 2022. His previous teachers include Marc Goldberg, Richard Meek, and Kathy Fousha.