Andrea Clearfield is an award winning composer of music for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles, multi-media and dance. 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" and by the L.A. Times for her "fluid and glistening orchestration". Her works are performed widely in the U.S. and abroad. She has composed 8 cantatas for chorus and orchestra and is working on a new cantata for premiere at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts in 2011. Recent premieres include Kawa Ma Gyur, a chamber work inspired by her 2010 trek documenting the Tibetan music in the restricted Himalayan region of Lo Monthang, Nepal, commissioned by Network for New Music. She was awarded a fellowship at the prestigious American Academy in Rome from the American Composers Forum, 2010 and has been a fellow at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts among others. She serves on the composition faculty at The University of the Arts and is the pianist in the contemporary music ensemble, RelÃ¢che. She is also the founder and host of the Salon concert series featuring contemporary, classical, jazz, electronic and world music, celebrating its 24th year and winner of Philadelphia Magazine's 2008 "Best of Philadelphia" award. More info at www.andreaclearfield.com
Les FenÃªtres (2011) 17 min.cantata for soprano, mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestraKawa Ma Gyur (2010) 12 min. (ob, bsn, strings, percussion, electronics) commissioned by Network for New Music ...and low to the lake falls home... (2010) 20 min.(flute, viola, harp), commissioned by Carol Wincenc for her trio, Les Amies (Carol Wincenc, Cynthia Phelps, Nancy Allen)Lung-Ta (2009) 25 min. (fl, ob, bsn, vln, vla, vlc, perc., digital recording) commissioned by Network for New MusicOur Better Angels (2009), 40 min. (TTBB chorus, large brass ensemble, organ, harp, percussion), commissioned by The Turtle Creek ChoraleRhapsodie (2009), 17 min. (flute, harp, string trio) commissioned by Dolce SuonoRomanza (2008), violin concerto, commissioned by Orchestra 2001Fire and Ice (2007) 45 min. (soprano, bass, chorus and orchestra) commissioned by The Handel Society of Dartmouth CollegeThe Golem Psalms (2006) 30 min. (baritone, SATB chorus, orchestra) commissioned by The Mendelssohn ClubThe Long Bright (2004) hour-long cantata on breast cancer, for soprano, off-stage soprano, children's chorus and orchestra commissioned by David Wolman
I am passionate about music as a means to give voice to the ineffable, alternative performance settings as a way of bringing people together in community ritual, and collaboration as a way to explore and create in the larger space with others and grateful to the ACF for supporting all of these!