Composer and pianist Robin McLaughlin (b. 1994) 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. An active pianist, she is the founder of the Catchfire Collective, an innovative new music ensemble based in North Carolina's Piedmont Triad.
Robin has recently held residencies at Arts Letters and Numbers and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has been a fellow at the Norfolk New Music Workshop and the University of Nebraska Lincoln Chamber Music Institute, and 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. 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, a piece for clarinet and actor for clarinetist Kyle Kostenko, and a saxophone and fixed media piece for Emily Loboda. She has also been commissioned by saxophonist Steven Stusek, violinist Maddy Klee, and trumpeter Gavin Tranter.
Robin’s music has been presented at Nief-Norf’s Genre Lines summit, as well as the 2018 NASA Biennial Conference. 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 Ohio University New Music Ensemble, the Fresno State New Music Ensemble, the Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, and the Houghton College Philharmonia.
Robin received her Masters in Music Composition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a dual-BM in Music Composition and Music Education from Houghton College. 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 new work for her sextet, the Catchfire Collective, called Falling Up.