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



2017.08.11             lingering garden at Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium (Toronto, ON, Canada)

2017.09.09          Guest Lecture at West Fork New Music Festival (Fairmont, WV, USA)

2017.09.25          in excess (world premiere) at EM|One, Sursa Hall, Ball State University (Muncie, IN, USA)

2017.10.03          warzone by Blake Gilbert at Tritico Theatre, McNeese State University (Lake Charles, LA, USA)

2017.10.27           Guest Lecture and Masterclass at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI, USA)

2017.11.10             Preludes by Christopher Wilson at Southwest MO Council of Arts (Cape Girardeau, MO, USA)

2017.11.17             untangle my tongue at Glidden Recital Hall, Ohio University (Athens, OH, USA)

2017.12.03          Desert Miniatures by Stephanie Wu at Glidden Recital Hall, Ohio University (Athens, OH, USA)

2017.12.08          struggling in excess (world premiere) by Juan Manuel García-Cano at Soochow University (Suzhou, China)

2018.01.07         Desert Miniatures by Stephanie Wu at Dallas Music Teachers Association, Steinway Hall (Dallas, TX, USA)

2018.01.26         in excess at CLICK, Glidden 101, Ohio University (Athens, OH, USA)

2018.02.25        sounding field (world premiere) by 3BASSO at Glidden Recital Hall, Ohio University (Athens, OH, USA)

2018.03.08        sounding field by 3BASSO at WVMEA at Civic Center (Charleston, WV, USA)

2018.03.16        warzone at SCTI Showcase Concert at Duderstadt Video Studio (Ann Arbor, MI, USA)

2018.03.30       in excess at SEAMUS2018 at University of Oregon (Eugene, OR, USA)

2018.04.06       sounding field by 3BASSO at Bloch Performance Hall, West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV, USA)

2018.04.18         Guest Lecture at West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV, USA)

2018.05.04       a veil (world premiere) by Lucas Wong at The University of Hong Kong Grand Hall (Hong Kong, China)

2018.06.07      a veil by Lucas Wong at UCSI University International Piano Festival & Competition, Recital Hall (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

2018.06.14       a veil by Lucas Wong at University of Florida International Piano Festival (Gainesville, FL, USA)

2018.08.28      struggling in excess by Juan Manuel García-Cano at International Double Reed Society (IDRS) Congress (Granada, Spain)

2018.08.30      struggling in excess by Michele Fiala at International Double Reed Society (IDRS) Congress (Granada, Spain)