the hometown family band

This morning, I received an email from the North Carolina Symphony announcing their 2015 – 16 season. The norm was expected, Beethoven (3, 5, 6, 7) and/or Tch. Piano Concerto 1 and/or Copland Appalachian Spring to tie in the North Carolina to the Symphony. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of these pieces, but […]

anniversaries
anniversaries

In 2015, I’ve got two commissions which are both for major anniversaries of public schools in North Carolina. As of now, I’m not writing a “I remember way back when” kind of piece. The best thing (as of now and for my own sanity) is not to write the same kind of piece i.e. celebratory. One […]

web funding

Take a look at this fund for clarinetist Ian McKenzie who will be peforming the world premiere of my Clarient Quartet in May: http://www.gofundme.com/js1q8s. He is truly a brilliant clarinetist and all around good guy. So what are you waiting for? Thanks!

eye hand
eye hand

I’ve been going through a bit of writers block recently. Like creative writing or art, one cannot mearly sit down and make IT happen. I have been sitting down and waiting and waiting for IT. So I’m writing this orchestra piece for the Atlantic Music Festival and I am scaling this one down. B’rit was […]

welcome
welcome

Robert Rankin is a composer of chamber and orchestral music. Drawing on a wide range of musical styles, his music has been praised for its overall accessibility and eclecticism.

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