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

Spotlight

Tune in and listen to the radio broadcast of the recording on Albany Records of her vocal cantata, Women of Valor on Oct 8 at Classical 90.7, KVNO (at 12 noon, CDT), on Oct 18 on ACDA Radio and ChoralNet (“Going Beyond Words”, hosted by Stan Schmidt), and also on WORT 89.9FM/HD on Oct 18 (starting at 6.21am, EDT).

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

October 8, 2017
Broadcast of the entire Women of Valor Oratorio, Albany Records on Classical 90.7, KVNO. That broadcast can be streamed by going to KVNO.ORG (click on upper left, “Listen”) on Going Beyond Words saluting the vocal and Choral Art, 12 noon Central Time, Stan Schmidt, Host.

October 18, 2017
Broadcast of Women of Valor Oratorio, Albany Records on ACDA Radio and ChoralNet, Stan Schmidt, Host, Going Beyond Words.

October 18, 2017
Broadcast of Women of Valor Oratorio, Albany Records on WORT 89.9FM/HD starting at 6:21am

November 4, 2017
Tse Go La and Shar Ki Ri performed by Canzona Women’s Ensemble, conducted by Cricket Handler on their program “Songs from Distant Lands”, San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St. in SLO, CA, 3pm

November 4, 2017
Songs of the Wolf performed by hornist Allison Abbie at Goodson Chapel, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA 11am

November 8-11, 2017
Round for Three Muses performed at the 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana by Yun Ju Pan Ensemble. Schedule will be posted here.

November 12, 2017
Dream Variations, cantata to poetry by Langston Hughes for SATB chorus, flute, viola, harp and organ performed by the University of Texas at Austin Chorale, Suzanne Pence, director

November 15, 2017
Performance of Round for Three Muses for percussion solo and percussion ensemble at Adams State University, 208 Edgemont Blvd, Alamosa, Colorado as part of their ETHOS Project program, James Doyle, director

December 1, 2017
Premiere of Khandroma, commissioned by The Esoterics, Eric Bank, Artistic Director, 8pm, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 5805 NE 45th St., Seattle, WA, poetry by Sienna Craig.

December 2, 2017
Khandroma performed by The Esoterics, Eric Banks, Artistic Director, 8pm, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4142 42nd Avenue SW, West Seattle, WA

December 3, 2017
Khandroma performed by The Esoterics, Eric Banks, Artistic Director, 7pm, Christ Episcopal Church, 310 North K Street, Tacoma, WA