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.

His works may be found through ADJ·ective New Music LLC, Bachovich Music Publications, Imagine Music Publications, Innovative Percussion, Media Press, Inc., Resolute Music Publications, and Tapspace Publications as well as on the ABLAZE and Albany Record labels.

In addition to his composition activities, Robert is the host/producer of the ADJ·ective New Music podcast, Lexical Tones; a weekly conversation with a guest composer, performer, and/or artist creating new works of contemporary art/music that focuses on aesthetics, technique, process, meaning, perception, and the musical origins of the featured guest. The podcast can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud.

Robert 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 has previously held positions at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Soochow University in Suzhou, China. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Composition/Theory at Ohio University.

Lexical Tones Podcast



2019.09.07 struggling in excess (soprano saxophone version*) by Drew Whiting at EMM (Kansas City, KS)

2019.09.18 lingering garden at COFAC Recital Hall, Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL)

2019.09.28 struggling in excess by Justin Massey at West Fork New Music Festival, Fairmont State University (Fairmont, WV)

2019.10.04 in excess at Studio 300 Digital Art and Music Festival, Transylvania University (Lexington, KY)

2019.10.11 in excess at SICMF2019, Platform-L Contemporary Art Center (Seoul, South Korea)

2019.10.12 …of the Earth by EIU Percussion Ensemble at SCI Region V Conference, Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, IL)

2019.10.16 a veil by Matthew Jaskot at Merrimack College (North Andover, MA)

2019.10.19 struggling in excess by Jonathan Thompson at CEMIcircles Festival, University of North Texas (Denton, TX)

2019.10.26 struggling in excess by Justin Massey at WVU SCI Invitational Festival, West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)

2019.10.26 The Nature of Matter* for two percussion and computer at WVU SCI Invitational Festival, West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)

2019.10.31 in excess at ISSTA 2019 at CIT Cork School of Music (Cork, Ireland)

2019.11.13 lingering garden at Glidden Hall, Ohio University (Athens, OH)

2019.11.16 in excess at Electro Acoustic Barn Dance, Jacksonville University (Jacksonville, FL)

2019.11.23 Duet by Ohio University New Music Ensemble at Glidden Hall, Ohio University (Athens, OH)

2019.12.04 The Nature of Matter for two percussion and computer at West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)

* = World Premiere