Houston, United States
Robert McClure’s music attempts to discover beauty in unconventional places using non-traditional means. McClure draws interest and inspiration from sounds of the everyday, the exotic, and sounds which carry emotional resonance. Visual art, poetry, the natural world, and the concept of memory are all elements that influence McClure’s works, many of which combine western classical instruments and electronics. His work has been featured at festivals and conferences in the United States and Cuba, including Electronic Music Midwest, the University of Central Missouri New Music Festival, the Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music (MACCM) New Music Festival, Espacio Sonoro, and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS).
McClure’s music has been commissioned by individuals, ensembles, and organizations including MACCM, the IronWorks Percussion Duo, Trio Sonora, the Bowling Green State University Student Percussion Association, and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. His piece now our grief is put away for soprano and computer was recently awarded the Director’s Choice Award from the Boston Metro Opera Contempo Festival. Integrated Elements No. 3 “Divide by Five” for African xylophone and fixed media was named the Winner of the 2013 Frame Dance Composition Competition, while Five Miniatures for flute, vibraphone, viola, and cello was announced as the Winner of the TEMPO New Music Ensemble Call for Works. His audio/visual installation …the paint while it’s dripping received the prize of Best Digital Art at the celebrateArt 2012 Festival in Houston, TX.
McClure’s music is published by Bachovich Music Publications, Innovative Percussion, Media Press, Inc., Resolute Music Publications, and Tapspace Publications. He 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. More information may be found at www.robertwmcclure.com