Robert Rankin is a composer of both chamber and orchestral music. Drawing on a wide range of musical styles, his music has been praised for its overall accessibility and eclecticism. Principally a composer for wind band, Robert was described by Grammy award winning composer Robert Aldridge as “a big talent”. Rankin’s music is deeply influenced by what he heard as a child (i.e. Broadway, John Denver, the American Songbook) was well as modern orchestral music.
Robert’s music has been commissioned and performed by various music festivals and ensembles, most notably, the Apex High School Wind Ensemble, Burning Coal Theater Company, Tribeca New Music, Brevard Music Center, Mount. Rushmore Summer Music Camp, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro University Band. Robert was a fellow in 2012 at the Brevard Music Center where he studied with composers Robert Aldridge, David Dzubay, and Dana Howell. Future projects include a new work for The Minerva Saxophone Quartet, an educational orchestra work, and a new series entitled The Portable Music Project, which will be supported by a grant from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
As an educator, Robert enjoys helping people of all ages explore, discover, and listen to various types of music. He enjoys working especially with children to collectively make and appreciate instrumental music. As an art form that is sadly dying everyday, the only way to preserve and expand is to educate our youth and light that spark as early as possible. Robert is currently pursuing a degree in Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and studies trombone with Dr. Randy Kohlenberg.
Robert Rankin is a BMI affiliated classical composer.