Robinson McClellan

Robinson McClellan is a composer, teacher, scholar, and concert presenter. Audiences have heard his music via commissioners, performers, and venues, including the Albany, Ft. Worth, and Knox-Galesburg Symphonies, the Museum of Biblical Art (NYC), Amsterdam’s Gaudeamus Competition, the Monteverdi Kamerkoor Utrecht, Macalester College, and many others. He has received residencies and awards from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, and Vassar College. His choral music is published in NCCO's choral music series, Music by Heart, a hymnal, and See-a-Dot Music Publishing.

McClellan earned his doctorate (DMA) in composition at the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. In addition to teaching at Rutgers, he has taught at Hunter College, Manhattan College, St. Francis College, and Wagner College. He is on the faculty at the Lucy Moses School and is directing the composition department at the Special Music School High School in New York City. At these schools he teaches composition, music theory, music history, and world music to fifth-graders, teenagers, college students, and adults. He also directs ComposerCraft, a composition intensive for young composers, and he is an online composer mentor for YCIW and Music-COMP.

McClellan studies piobaireachd (peeb-rock), a bag-piping tradition rooted in 17th-century Gaelic Scotland. His compositions often borrow musical ideas from it, and his research into its unique rhythmic style was published in a 2009 scholarly anthology in Ashgate's Popular and Folk Music Series.

  • Expertise

    Music Theory