Robert McClure

Robert McClure’s music attempts to discover beauty in unconventional places using non-traditional means. Visual art, poetry, the natural world, neurological and mathematical concepts are all elements that influence McClure’s works. His work has been featured at festivals including the New York City Electronic Music Festival, the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, SEAMUS, and ICMC (International Computer Music Conference). 

Recently, his work for large orchestra titled, Warning Colors, was selected for performance by the Hong Kong Philharmonic as part of the 2016 Intimacy of Creativity Festival where he was a Composer Fellow. Desert Miniatures: Insects for three bassoons was named a winner in the 2015 Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition.

He received his doctorate from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where his primary mentors were Shih-Hui Chen, Arthur Gottschalk, and Kurt Stallmann. Robert is an Assistant Professor of Composition at the School of Music at Soochow University in Suzhou, China.

Written to symbolize the organic and peaceful moods and imagery of an English garden. Employing minimalist and post-minimalist methods, the piece uses bowing techniques to introduce the theme before players switch to mallets.
Duration: 12:00 | Level: Medium
Using sounds created by instruments, digital audio, and sounds made by the human voice, this piece bears a resemblance to the Japanese "haiku" form of poetry with its 5-7-5 metric scheme.
Duration: 10:00 | Level: Med-Advanced
"Moments" is a solo work by Robert McClure in two movements for 5-octave marimba. Uses a combination of traditional western and avant-garde notation. A mood piece that is sensitive, hypnotic, and introspective.
Duration: Mvt 1 = 3:10, Mvt 2 = 5:30 | Level: Med-Advanced
A collaborative composition for timpani and fixed media that is equal parts intense, virtuosic, and heart wrenching.
Duration: 9:00 | Level: Advanced
A touching and accessible piece that will engage audiences and offer soloists a chance to showcase their technique and expressive performance qualities.
Duration: 9:30 | Level: Medium