Jay Carter has gained recognition as one of the nation’s finest countertenors.  A frequent collaborator with period and modern ensembles, Carter is recognized as a leading interpreter of late Baroque repertoire.  Recent appearances include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with American Bach Soloists and the Choir of St. Thomas Church, Handel’s Messiah with the National Symphony, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Handel’s Saul with Musica Vocale and the Kansas City Baroque Consortium, and the North American Premiere of John Tavener’s Lament for Jerusalem with the Choral Arts Society of Washington.  In recent seasons he has appeared with acclaimed conductors Nicholas McGegan, Ton Koopman, John Scott, and Matthew Halls. In 2017 Carter will appear with Maasaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan throughout North America. 

He received a Masters in Music from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, and received his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College where he studied voice with Arnold Epley. He lives in Liberty, Missouri with his family, and serves as Artist-in-residence at William Jewell College.