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



2018.09.29 sounding field by 3Basso at West Fork New Music Festival, Fairmont State University (Fairmont, WV, USA)

2018.10.07 sounding field by 3Basso at Octubafest, Ohio University (Athens, OH, USA)

2018.10.20  Desert Miniatures: Insects at Bowling Green State University New Music Festival (Bowling Green, OH)

2018.11.09 in excess at Ecos Urbanos Technológico de Monterrey, Campus Santa Fe (Mexico City, Mexico)

2018.11.09        struggling in excess by Michele Fiala at SPLICE Festival II, Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH)

2018.11.11           struggling in excess by Michele Fiala at Glidden Recital Hall, Ohio University (Athens, OH)

2018.11.15 in excess at Sound Thought at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasglow, Scotland)

2018.11.18 in excess at Festival DME - Culture and Sustainable Cities at Lisboa Incomum (Lisbon, Portugal)

2018.11.30        now our grief is put away at Fresh Squeezed Opera Showcase at The Cell Theatre (New York, NY)

2018.12.02 Five Miniatures by Ohio University New Music Ensemble at Glidden Hall, Ohio University (Athens, OH, USA)

2018.12.07 sounding field: the deep* by 3Basso and Ohio University Wind Symphony at Memorial Auditorium, Ohio University, (Athens, OH, USA)

* = World Premiere