(IC2016 – USA)
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 and conferences including the New York City Electronic Music Festival, the Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music (MACCM) New Music Festival, the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, SEAMUS, and ICMC.
His piece Integrated Elements No. 3 “Divide by Five” for African xylophone and fixed media was named the Winner of the 2013 Frame Dance Composition Competition. His dissertation work for large orchestra titled, Warning Colors, received the Paul and Christiane Cooper Prize in Composition (2014) from Rice University. And most recently, his piece, Desert Miniatures: Insects for three bassoons was named a Winner of the 2015 Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition.
McClure has earned degrees from Bowling Green State University (B.M.), The University of Arizona (M.M.), and Rice University (D.M.A.) during which his primary mentors have been Daniel Asia, Shih-Hui Chen, Arthur Gottschalk, Richard Lavenda, and Kurt Stallmann. He holds the position of Assistant Professor of Composition at the School of Music at Soochow University in Suzhou, China.