Andrea Clearfield


Andrea Clearfield. Photo by Sanny Leviste. Andrea Clearfield is an award-winning full-time composer of music for orchestra, opera, chorus, chamber ensemble, dance, and multimedia collaborations. She has been praised by The New York Times for her “graceful tracery and lively, rhythmically vital writing”, The Philadelphia Inquirer for her “compositional wizardry” and “mastery with large choral and instrumental forces”, The L.A. Times for her “fluid and glistening orchestration” and by Opera News for her “vivid and galvanizing” music of “timeless beauty”. Her works are performed widely in the U.S. and abroad. Among her 135 works are ten cantatas including one for The Philadelphia Orchestra. Her cantata, Tse Go La, for double chorus, electronics and chamber orchestra is inspired by her Tibetan music fieldwork in the Himalayas. She is a recipient of a 2016 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Other fellowships include the American Academy in Rome, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Copland House. She is also the founder and host of her award winning Salon concerts featuring contemporary, classical, jazz, electronic, dance, and world music in Philadelphia and around the country.

More at www.andreaclearfield.com

Featured Works

Tse Go La (at the threshold of this life) — SATB and SSAA choruses, and chamber orchestra

Rabsong Shar (the eastern room of the palace) — soprano, chamber orchestra, and electronics

Convergence — viola and piano

Alleluia — SATB a capella

Andrea Clearfield, composer. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

Andrea Clearfield is an award-winning full-time composer of music for orchestra, opera, chorus, chamber ensemble, dance, and multimedia collaborations. She has been praised by The New York Times for her “graceful tracery and lively, rhythmically vital writing”, The Philadelphia Inquirer for her “compositional wizardry” and “mastery with large choral and instrumental forces”, The L.A. Times for her “fluid and glistening orchestration” and by Opera News for her “vivid and galvanizing” music of “timeless beauty”.

Her works are performed widely in the U.S. and abroad. She is known for writing music with a deep emotive language that builds cultural and artistic bridges. Among her 135 works are ten cantatas including one for The Philadelphia Orchestra. Her cantata, Tse Go La (At the threshold of this life) for double chorus, electronics and chamber orchestra incorporates Tibetan melodies inspired by fieldwork that she conducted in the remote Himalayan region of Lo Monthang, Nepal. She is currently writing her first opera on the 11th C Tibetan yogi, Milarepa, commissioned by Gene Kaufman and Terry Eder to libretto by Jean-Claude Van Itallie and Lois Walden. Her duo Convergence was recently released on Bridge Records with Barbara Westphal, viola and Christian Ruvolo, piano to critical acclaim.

Dr. Clearfield is a recipient of a 2016 Pew Fellowship. She is also a 2016 winner of the Global Premiere Consortium Commissioning Project competition. Other awards include fellowships at the American Academy in Rome, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, Civitella Ranieri, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Wurlitzer Foundation, Montalvo, Ucross, Blue Mountain Center, Djerassi, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Copland House. Dr. Clearfield served on the Composition faculty at The University of the Arts from 1986 – 2011. She has been invited as visiting composer to the University of Texas at Austin, University of Arkansas, Michigan State University, Indiana University, Dartmouth College, University of Chicago, the College of William and Mary, Penn State University and the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia among others. She is in demand as a curator, speaker, music panelist and adjudicator. She received a DMA from Temple University where she was the first composer in the history of the university to receive the prestigious University-wide Presidential Fellowship and was honored as a Distinguished Alumna. She received a MM from the University of the Arts and a BA from Muhlenberg College where she received the Alumni Achievement in the Arts Award, First Prize in Performance, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. Her music is published by Boosey & Hawkes, Seeadot, Oxford University Press and International Opus.

Clearfield has been the pianist in the Relâche contemporary music ensemble since 1990. A strong advocate for creating community around music, she is also founder and host of the Philadelphia Salon, a renowned monthly performance series established in Philadelphia in 1986 which she now also curates and hosts in various locations throughout the U.S. The Salon was winner of Philadelphia Magazine’s 2008 “Best of Philadelphia” award.

More at www.andreaclearfield.com

Photos
  • Andrea Clearfield Pew Portrait
  • Andrea Clearfield headshot
Video

January 26, 2016
Three Songs for Oboe and Bass (After Poems By Pablo Naruda) will be performed on Symphony Nova’s series at Trident Bookstore, Boston, Mass.

January 26, 2016
Andrea will participate in a composers roundtable as part of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia’s “All American” program. Christ Church, Philadelphia, 7:00pm. Moderated by Joel Gibbs.

January 31, 2017
Guest Lecturer, The Curtis Institute of Music Composers Seminar, Presentation on Tibetan Music Fieldwork and Creative Responses, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA

February 12, 2017
Virtuoso tubist, Oystein Baadsvik will give the world premiere of Andrea’s new work for tuba and piano, commissioned by Froydis Ree Wekre in Karlshamn, Sweden. He will take the work on a concert tour of Sweden following the premiere. Details TBA. More on Oystein here.

February 18, 2017
Convergence performed by violist Matt Cohen, 8:30pm, Morse Hall at Juilliard, NYC

February 18, 2017
Tse Go La cantata performed at the California ACDA by the California All-State Choir, Sandra Snow, conductor, Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, San Jose

February 18, 2017
Into the Falcon’s Eye for two horns and piano will be performed at Northwestern University, IL by Valerie Whitney. More info TBA

February 19, 2017
Spain premiere of Three Songs for Oboe and Double Bass with Günter Karl-Heinz Vogl, Principal Bass, Granada City Orchestra in Spain (Orquesta Ciudad de Granada). 12 ºº in the “Auditorio Manuel de Falla” en Granada.

February 23, 2017
Jocheved and Rachel perform arias from Women of Valor Oratorio at Celebration of Women and Music by Dr. Noreen Green, presented by Jewish Arts, Inc, North Shore Temple Emanuel, and Emanuel Synagogue at North Shore Temple Emanuel, Sydney, Australia.

March, 4, 2017
Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, soprano saxophone with Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano perform Unremembered Wings at Music by Women Festival, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS

March, 6, 2017
Tse Go La for men’s chorus and chamber ensemble performed at Louisiana State University, Trey Davis, Artistic Director, 102 School of Music Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803

March 7, 2017
Performance of Songs of the Wolf on a recital of works by women composers at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 6:45pm, Werner Recital Hall, Jessica Pinkham, horn

March 8, 2017
Farlorn Alemen part of presentation on Yiddish music by Los Angeles Jewish Symphony Artistic Director and Jewish music scholar, Dr. Noreen Green at the ACDA National Convention in Minneapolis, MN. Details TBA

March 10, 2017
Performance of A Reminiscence Sing for soprano, soprano saxophone and piano, Bezanson Recital Hall on the campus of UMASS Amherst. 7:30pm, Brandon Nowakowski, saxophone

March 12, 2017
Andrea is guest speaker and performer at the New Thought Center of Hawaii, 9:30 – 11:30am

April 13, 2017
World premiere of new work for percussion solo with percussion quartet commissioned by Yun Ju Pan and the MSU Percussion Ensemble (Yun Ju Pan, Kathryn Irwin, Alex Smith, and Emilio Monreal). The ensemble will also perform this work on tour in Taiwan and Japan, Summer 2017.

April 24, 2017
Guest composer, University of Texas at Austin, Composers Seminar Presentation

April 26, 2017
Performance of Tse Go La and Shar Ki Ri with the Women’s Chorus of Pacific Lutheran University, Dr. Brian Galante, director, 8pm in Lagerquist Concert Hall, Wheeler St. South, Tacoma, WA 98447

April 28, 2017
Performance of Rabsong Shar for soprano, electronics and chamber orchestra, New Music Ensemble, the University of Texas at Austin, Dan Welcher, director. Andrea will speak about the work prior to the concert.

June 8, 2017
River Melos performed by trombonist Ava Ordman at the International Women’s Brass Conference, Rowen University. More info TBA.

September 10, 2017
Founder/Co-host/Curator of the Salon at Justice Snow’s in the historic Wheeler Opera House building, Aspen, Colorado, 5pm. This 5 year Anniversary celebration program will features an exciting line up of Americana, folk, world, classical, contemporary, interdisciplinary, dance and visual artists.