Past Resident

Robin McLaughlin

Composer and pianist Robin McLaughlin has had work performed throughout the United States and Canada, and has been recognized by ASCAP and the American Composers Forum. Drawing musical inspiration from metaphor and the sacred, her music is imaginative and energetic. Robin recently held a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Other recent projects include a piece for flute and lighting design for Krisztina Dér’s flute/light project, a Rosie the Riveter-inspired work for the Greensboro-based Women’s Wind Ensemble, and and a saxophone and fixed media piece for Emily Loboda. Robin presented at Nief-Norf’s Genre Lines summit this last June, and her work has garnered performances by numerous ensembles, including the Bechtler Ensemble, Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, the Ancia Saxophone Quartet, Present~Continuous, the Oraia Reed Quintet, the Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, and the Houghton College Philharmonia. As a pianist, Robin is a founding member of the Catchfire Collective. She teaches composition and theory at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she also received her Masters in Music Composition. Her primary instructors have been Alejandro Rutty, Mark Engebretson, Sarah Hutchings, and David Davies. Upcoming projects include a clarinet/tape piece for clarinetist Kyle Kostenko, and a new large-scale sacred work. In her free time, Robin loves to read and bake, and has nearly perfected the art of sourdough bread.