Robinson McClellan is a composer, scholar, and teacher. His music has been heard at the Oregon Bach Festival, Windsor Castle, the Monteverdi Choir Festival (Hungary), the Vatican, and other venues. Commissions have come from the Albany Symphony, the Museum of Biblical Art (NYC), the Toronto Choral Artists, and others, and ensembles such as the Fort Worth and Knox-Galesburg Symphonies have played his music. He has received awards and residencies from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. His choral music is published in the NCCO Choral Series and in Music by Heart, an Episcopal hymnal.


Robin has spent the past several years immersed in pibroch (piobaireachd), a rarely heard Gaelic bagpiping tradition. His compositions often reference pibroch, and his writing about it appears in a 2009 scholarly anthology from Ashgate. He has also worked with alternate tunings in new music for Greek Byzantine chorus and strings.


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 he is composer in residence of ActorCor, a NYC-based choir dedicated to bridging religious divides.


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

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