About

Robin McLaughlin’s work has been performed throughout the United States and Canada, and has been recognized by ASCAP and the American Composers Forum. Drawing musical inspiration from narrative, her music is imaginative and energetic. A frequent collaborator, she has worked with ensembles such as the

Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, the Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, and the ANCIA Saxophone Quartet.


Robin recently held a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts to create a new work for saxophonist Taiki Azuma and Flautist Megan McKeever. Other recent projects include a Rosie the Riveter-inspired work for the Greensboro-based Women’s Wind Ensemble, a saxophone and fixed media piece for saxophonist Steven Stusek, and a new work for trumpeter Gavin Tranter, and a saxophone and fixed media piece for saxophonist Emily Loboda premiered at the NASA Biennial Conference in March 2018.

She has been a fellow at the Norfolk New Music Workshop and the University of Nebraska Lincoln Chamber Music Institute. Her saxophone quartet On This Day won the American Composer’s Forum’s Showcase Award, and was performed in Minneapolis in May 2017 by the ANCIA Saxophone Quartet. Frequently performed, Robin’s work has garnered performances by numerous ensembles, by the Bechtler Ensemble, the Ohio University New Music Ensemble, the Fresno State New Music Ensemble, Present~Continuous, the Oraia Reed Quintet, and the Houghton College Philharmonia.

Robin teaches composition and theory at the the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she also received her Masters in Music Composition. While a student, she worked in UNCG's Community Arts Collaborative doing administrative work and arts outreach. Before this, she received a dual-BM in Music Composition and Music Education at Houghton College, where she also participated in the college’s humanities honors program. Her primary instructors have been Alejandro Rutty, Mark Engebretson, Sarah Hutchings, and David Davies, and she has had additional studies and masterclasses with Eric Ewazen, Martin Bresnick, Kristin Kuster, Cameron Britt, Zae Munn, Michael Schelle, and Jay Batzner.


Upcoming projects include a  and a clarinet/tape piece for clarinetist Kyle Kostenko, and a violin/tape piece for Maddy Klee. Robin will be in residence at Arts Letters and Numbers this June creating a new larger-scale sacred work.