Randall Shinn composes operas and concert music. Reviewers have called his music passionate, stunning, and spell-binding.

His works have been described as sensual, powerfully expressive, and as having a sensation of physical motion. One reviewer wrote that he integrates “modern music and language with more familiar classical styles to create a sound that is uniquely his.” Other reviewers have described his works as lyrical, sophisticated, and lusciously beautiful.

Shinn has written original librettos for three operas. His interest in the theater spills over into a general interest in imagination, illusion, and magical atmosphere. For two years he was chief correspondent for DeepGlamour.net, where he wrote posts about various aspects of glamour (including its older meaning of enchantment and magic). His Musings here on randallshinn.com discuss his aesthetic preferences.