Composer of music for chamber, orchestral, choral, vocal, dance and multi-media collaborations


Andrea Clearfield is an award-winning composer of music for orchestra, opera, chorus, chamber ensemble, dance, and multimedia collaborations. Clearfield creates deep, emotive musical languages that build cultural and artistic bridges. 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 150 works are ten large-scale cantatas including one commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Her cantata, Tse Go La, (At the threshold of this life) for double chorus and chamber orchestra and Rabsong Shar for soprano and chamber orchestra were inspired by her fieldwork documenting Tibetan melodies in the Himalayas. She is currently completing her first opera, MILA, based on the life of the venerated 11th C Tibetan yogi, Milaprea to libretto by Jean-Claude van Itallie and Lois Walden, commissioned by Gene Kaufman and Terry Eder, Kevin Newbury, director. She is a recipient of a 2016 Pew Fellowship and 2017 Independence Fellowship in the Arts and has also held fellowships at the American Academy in Rome, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, Civitella, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Copland House among others. Dr. Clearfield served on the composition faculty at The University of the Arts from 1986-2011. She received a DMA from Temple University where she was awarded the Presidential Fellowship and was honored as a Distinguished Alumna. Passionate about building community around the arts, she is the founder and host of the renowned Salon featuring contemporary, classical, jazz, electronic, dance, and world music since 1986. She was 2017 Visiting Composer at the University of Texas at Austin, Curtis Institute of Music, Michigan State University and The College of NJ and will be Visiting Composer in 2018 at Emory University and Yale-National University of Singapore and 2018 Composer-in-Residence at Music from Angelfire Festival in northern New Mexico. More at

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Writers, visual artists, performance artists, filmmakers, improvisation ensembles

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Manger, Trudy Chan

Founder, The Salon
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