"McCarthy's music," writes David Patrick Stearns of U.S.A. Today, "Is intriguing, inviting, shimmering...with the vigor of pop music and the spontaneity of jazz." The Music Connoisseur proclaims him as "one of the hot young composers on the contemporary music scene. . . contemporary in the best sense of the word." Philip George of 20th Century Music Magazine writes, "(McCarthy's music is) sassy and foreboding -- refreshing and kicky. One has the sense that we're dealing with various manifestations of one large work. It's called style." Awards for McCarthy's music include BMI, National Endowment for the Arts, Indiana Arts Commission, Ohio Arts Council, Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, American Federation of Music Clubs, Meet-The-Composer, and many more. His music is recorded and performed by Quorum (University of Michigan), Arianna Quartet, Slovak Radio Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony, Rhythm & Brass, Michael Burritt, and others. His music is published with Ludwig Music, MMB Music Inc., C. Alan Publications, and DORN Publications. He is a Pulitzer Prize nominee.