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Robinson McClellan


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Audiences have heard Robinson McClellan‘s music (composer website) at the Oregon Bach Festival, the Vatican, Windsor Castle, Hungary’s Monteverdi Choir Festival, and many other venues. Commissions have come from Yale Schola Cantorum, the Albany Symphony, the Museum of Biblical Art (NYC), the Toronto Choral Artists, and others, and ensembles such as the Chicago Choral Artists and the Fort Worth and Knox-Galesburg Symphonies have presented his music.

Robin’s choral music is published in the NCCO Choral Series, Music by Heart (a hymnal) and Feniarco’s Choraliter in Italy. He has received awards and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and ASCAP.

He has spent the past several years immersed in pibroch (piobaireachd), an ancient Gaelic bagpiping tradition. His compositions often reference pibroch, and his research on its unique rhythmic style appears in a scholarly anthology from Ashgate. He is founder and director of El Salto, a unique forum for contemporary music heard in a context of broad-minded religious/humanist inquiry, and composer in residence of ActorCor, a NYC-based choir dedicated to bridging religious divides.

He earned his doctorate in composition (DMA) at the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He is on the faculty at Hunter, Manhattan, Wagner and St. Francis Colleges, Rutgers Arts Online, and the Lucy Moses School (NYC); between them he teaches composition, theory, Western music history, and world music.