Caitlin Barry

  • Major at OCC: Music
  • High School: West Genesee, class of 2017

Caitlin loves to sing whether she’s at home, driving her car or in front of a packed house at the Carrier Dome. Every year since 7th grade she’s sung the National Anthem before a Syracuse University Basketball game. “My first year I sang before an exhibition game. Each year I keep getting cooler games.” In January of this year she sang in front of 27,000 fans before SU played Boston College.

Caitlin sings the National Anthem prior to an SU Basketball game.

The fact Caitlin is here at all is something of a miracle. She was born with her umbilical cord wrapped around her throat and unconscious. She began life on life support in the Walter R. G. Baker Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Crouse Hospital. When she came home she was surrounded by music. “My mom always sang around the house when I was little. I would watch Barney and shows like that and sing along.”

During her time at West Genesee High School Caitlin often sang the National Anthem before school sporting events. She was also an athlete herself, playing soccer for the Wildcats. During her first semester at OCC she was a member of the Lazers Women’s soccer team. “Soccer was great here. I loved my coaches and I loved my team. It was a lot of work along with music but I love it.”

Music is constantly on her mind. Caitlin performs live regularly in the Camillus area with Austin Barrigar. She can sing a wide range of music from country to pop to classic rock. She keeps her voice in shape at home. “When I have a song I want to sing I go down into the cellar and record onto an app that I have. I have a list of karaoke songs I sing.” Caitlin says they have a list of more than 50 songs they sing when they perform in public.

Besides singing Caitlin also plays piano. Her goal is to become a pop star. She is also interested in a career working in a recording studio.

Caitlin’s next opportunity to sing the National Anthem at an SU Basketball game will happen January 6, 2018 when the Orange host Notre Dame.