About

Robin McLaughlin writes music that is imaginative and energetic. Her work has been performed throughout the United States, and has been recognized by both ASCAP and the American Composers Forum. A frequent collaborator, she has worked with ensembles such as the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, the Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, the Oraia Reed Quintet, Present~Continuous, and the Houghton College Philharmonia. 


Robin has been a fellow at the Norfolk New Music Workshop, and has also attended the Composition Intensive at St. Mary's College. More recently, her trio Two Halves of a Whole was featured on the Music by Women conference at the Mississippi College for Women, and her piece On this day was performed by the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet. As winner of the American Composer's Forum's Showcase Award, her piece On this day will be performed again by the Ancia Saxophone Quartet in Minneapolis in May 2017.  This summer, she will also be a fellow at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chamber Music Institute, where she will be writing a new work for string quartet.


Enthusiastic about music education, Robin currently serves as coordinator of the University of North Carolina Greensboro Community Arts Collaborative Private Lessons Program. Her research interests include composition pedagogy and K-12 composition instruction, and she is an incessant classroom management nerd. As a pianist, McLaughlin has performed at the Kennedy Center, and has also been soloist for the Houghton College Symphonic Wind Ensemble. While at Houghton she studied with Bill John Newbrough, and she is a frequent collaborator, accompanist, and instructor. She has also studied conducting with Janette LaBarre, and guest conducted the Houghton College Wind Ensemble in April 2016.

Robin completed a dual BM in Music Composition and Education at Houghton College studying with Sarah Hutchings and David Davies, and is currently pursuing a MM in Music Composition at the University of North Carolina Greensboro in Music Composition, studying with Mark Engebretson and Alejandro Rutty. She has had additional studies and masterclasses with Eric Ewazen, Martin Bresnick, Kristin Kuster, Cameron Britt, Zae Munn, Michael Schelle, and Jay Batzner.