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



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

2018.05.20      the edge of still by FENG Tianshi and WANG Yi at Beijing Modern Music Festival (Beijing, China)

2018.05.24       struggling in excess by Adrian Cioban at Elektro Arts Festival at "Gheorghe Dima" Music Academy Concert Hall (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

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)

2018.07.16       in excess at NYCEMF at Abrons Arts Center, Playhouse (New York, NY, USA)

2018.08.10       in excess at International Computer Music Conference at Daegu Concert House (Daegu, South Korea)

2018.08.10-12 in excess at Cube Fest 2018 at Perform Studio, Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA, USA)

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

2018.10.17-20  Desert Miniatures: Insects at Bowling Green State University New Music Festival (Bowling Green, OH)

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)

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