Frank McCarty was born 10 November 1941 in Pomona, California. He studied music at San Diego State College, University of Southern California and the University of Calrifornia - San Diego. His composition teachers include David Ward-Steinman, David Raskin and Ingolf Dahl. As a woodwind and percussion performer, free-lance composer, arranger and conductor, McCarty worked extensively in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas from 1961 to 1971. He has received numerous grants and awards, including two North Carolina Artist Fellowships in composition. He has composed for virtually all media, in a broad range of styles, and has collaborated in productions for dance, film, radio, television and theatre. McCarty has been on the music faculties of Cal-State Fullerton, the University of Pittsburgh and is currently Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro.