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



2019.02.01 in excess at CCRMA Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

2019.02.02 sounding field: the deep by 3Basso and Ohio University Wind Symphony at Ballroom C, Huntington Convention Center (Cleveland, OH)

2019.02.05 sounding field: the deep by 3Basso and Ohio University Wind Symphony at Memorial Auditorium, Ohio University (Athens, OH)

2019.02.08 at the river* by Jamie Jordan and Daniel Druckman at Glidden Recital Hall, Ohio University (Athens, OH)

2019.02.13 a veil by Stephanie Wu at Glidden Recital Hall, Ohio University (Athens, OH)

2019.03.02       struggling in excess by Keri McCarthy at Washington State University Festival of Contemporary Art Music, WSU (Pullman, WA)

2019.03.06 untangle my tongue* for fixed media and video* at Glidden Recital Hall, Ohio University (Athens, OH)

2019.03.23 lingering garden at SEAMUS 2019 at Ipswich 106, Boston Conservatory at Berklee (Boston, MA)

2019.03.31 untangle my tongue for fixed media and video at Bloch Hall ,SCI Invitational New Music Festival, West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)

2019.04.10 untangle my tongue for fixed media and video at Hemmle Recital Hall, Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX)

2019.04.13 Duet* for open instrumentation (no-input mixers for this performance) by T.R. Beery and Robert McClure at The Union (Athens, OH)

2019.04.17 struggling in excess by Alba Maria Moreno at Enling Lecture Hall, Soochow University (Suzhou, China)

2019.04.18 …of the earth by Ohio University Percussion Ensemble for percussion quartet at Glidden Recital Hall, Ohio University (Athens, OH)

2019.04.25 Fanfare and Farewell by Ohio University Symphonic Band at Memorial Auditorium, Ohio University (Athens, OH)

2019.05.01 warzone by Reagan Hall at Ed Landreth Auditorium, Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX)

2019.05.16 in excess at Spaced-Out RADIA at Auditorium Pollini (Padova, Italy)

2019.06.07 lingering garden at Ars Electronica Forum Wallis, Leuk Castle, Schloss Leuk, Switzerland

2019.06.22       struggling in excess by Michele Fiala at NYCEMF-ICMC2019 (New York, NY)

2019.09.5-7 struggling in excess* (soprano saxophone version) by Drew Whiting at EMM (Kansas City, Kansas)

* = World Premiere