Jared McCarty wins Des Moines Symphony’s 2013 ‘Oh Say, Can You Sing?’ competition

June 21, 2013


Joseph Giunta, Music Director & Conductor
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
The Temple for Performing Arts ● 1011 Locust Street, Suite 200 ● Des Moines, IA 50309

Date: June 21, 2013

Contact: Sophia S. Ahmad, Director of Marketing & Public Relations ● 515.280.4000, ext. 4011 ● sophia@dmsymphony.org


After receiving 6,429 online votes, Jared McCarty has won the Des Moines Symphony’s 2013 “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” competition. He will perform the National Anthem with the Des Moines Symphony at its 20th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert on Wednesday, July 3 before an anticipated crowd of 100,000 at the Iowa State Capitol. VIDEO: Watch Jared McCarty singing the National Anthem.

On Flag Day, Friday, June 14, the Des Moines Symphony hosted its fourth annual “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” National Anthem singing competition. Four finalists – Whitney Edgar, Jared McCarty, Mike Shelledy and Garrison Western – were chosen by a panel of judges chaired by Des Moines Symphony Music Director & Conductor Joseph Giunta. Videos of the finalists were posted at dmsymphony.org and 14,851 votes were cast between June 14 and June 21, with Jared McCarty receiving the most votes and being declared the winner at noon on June 21.

In addition to singing at the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops on July 3, McCarty receives two VIP tickets to the concert, two 2013-2014 Flex Plan packages and admission for two to a Masterworks concert intermission reception.

McCarty, 25, is a Bussey, Iowa native and has been singing since second grade. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in music and French from Central College in Pella, and a master of music in vocal performance from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, where he studied with Judith Haddon.

“I have never had such a unique opportunity – it is rare for someone to sing for 100,000 people in one place and at one time,” McCarty said.

“I was pleasantly surprised when Central College asked over 10,000 alumni to vote on my behalf.”

For more information about the Des Moines Symphony’s 20th annual Yankee Doodle Pops, please visit dmsymphony.org.

The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, full-service professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and entertain the community by performing great orchestral music. The Symphony Association, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operating on an annual  budget of more than $2.4 million, supports the Symphony Academy and its numerous music education programs including three youth orchestras, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, the traditional pops performance on New Year’s Eve, education, outreach and family concerts,  and other special events in its home at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. The Des Moines Symphony also produces and performs the annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which last year attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.  -DMSO-