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Robinson McClellan

New York, NY   

Robinson McClellan‘s music has been performed and commissioned widely. His choral music is published by E.C. Schirmer, Augsburg Fortress, and See-a-Dot. He has been awarded artist residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo, and he earned his doctorate in composition from the Yale School of Music / Institute of Sacred Music. He works in product development, user care/feeding, and instructional design for music and education companies. He founded and directs ComposerCraft, a workshop for young composers.


This Ravelled Dust: Cantata for a Nuclear Age

This cantata tells a story of nuclear proliferation. We often hear often about the practical and political problems of nuclear weapons and nuclear power. But it is just as important to address these issues in terms of ethics, the human spirit, and myths and religious symbols.

The cantata begins in the Garden of Eden. Human beings, seeking new knowledge and egged on by our twin the Serpent, create a lawless fungus. The story leads through the ensuing conflagration to utter grief, fused with new understanding and chastened joy.

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Music for Meditation

Music that slows down time, leaves room to let you think your own thoughts.

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Music to Enjoy

This is music “just” for listening: unlike some of the other playlists here and on my SoundCloud profile, the music itself is the point. It’s interesting, fun to hear, thought-provoking, intellectually inviting, whatever you want to call it.

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles July 31 2019 | By Robinson McClellan
Terrarium: A New Sphere for Growing Art

I am on a mission to bring us toward a place where the art and its communities are woven around and within each other… art is not separate. Such a...

Articles July 25 2019 | By Robinson McClellan
Life in Septuple Time: A Composer Opts In to a Different Sort of Social Media

I have not found a social media platform that fits what I need and what I believe others need, particularly as artists helping to build culture-sustaining communities. So in seeking...

Articles July 18 2019 | By Robinson McClellan
The Internet is Great, We’re Just Not Using it Right

Interacting online is not inherently poisonous, and online interactions are no less meaningful than talking face to face. Different, yes, but just as valuable. If we experience problems relating to...

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