Composer Andrea Clearfield’s recent commissions include works for The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra 2001, Network for New Music, Astral, The Debussy Trio with the L.A. Master Chorale, Carol Wincenc, Dolce Suono Chamber Music Series, the Mendelssohn Club and the Turtle Creek Chorale.

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 nine cantatas for chorus and orchestra/large ensemble, the latest for the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts in 2011 performed by the Singing City chorus and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Recent premieres include Kawa Ma Gyur, a chamber work inspired by her 2010 trek documenting Tibetan music in the restricted, Himalayan region of Lo Monthang, Nepal, commissioned by Network for New Music.

Clearfield was awarded a fellowship at the 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. She serves on the composition faculty at The University of the Arts and is the pianist in the contemporary music ensemble, Reláche. She is also the founder and host of the Salon concert series featuring contemporary, classical, jazz, electronic, and world music since 1986 and is a winner of Philadelphia Magazine’s 2008 Best of Philadelphia award.

Fire and IceVoicing: SSAATTBB  Solo(s): Soprano, Baritone  Accompaniment: Flute, Oboe, Harp, Percussion, Trumpet In C, Bass Trombone, Horn In F, Strings, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet In B-flat, Tenor Trombone, Celesta  Performance Length: 46:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Robert Frost  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: American, Cantata, Frost, Nature, Poet  First Performance: May 19, 2007: The Handel Society of Dartmouth College, Robert Duff, The Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 58/59)
The Golem PsalmsVoicing: SATB  Solo(s): Baritone  Accompaniment: Flute, Oboe, Harp, Percussion, Trumpet In C, Piccolo, Bass Trombone, Horn In F, Strings, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet In B-flat, Tenor Trombone, Tuba, Celesta, English Horn, Clarinet In A, Contra Bassoon  Performance Length: 28:30  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Ellen Frankel  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Cantata, Golem, Jewish, Legend, Prague  First Performance: May 07, 2006: The Mendelsohn Club & Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Alan Harler, Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 58/60)
The Long BrightVoicing: SSAA  Solo(s): Soprano  Accompaniment: Flute, Oboe, Harp, Trombone, Percussion, Trumpet In C, Clarinet In B-flat, Horn In F, Strings, Bassoon, Celesta, English Horn, Alto Flute, Contra Bassoon  Performance Length: 60:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: David Wolman  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Cancer, Death, Hope, Life, Women  First Performance: Apr 26, 2004: Temple University Music Prep Children’s Choir, Orchestra 2001, James Freeman, The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 58/61)