Audio Excerpts. Click on titles for more info.
Tibetan Cantata: Tse Go La (At the threshold of this life) (2012).Listen to the entire work here.Watch treble choir movements here. More audio and info here.Cantata available at Seeadot Publishing MasterWorks series here. SATB, SSA and TTB octavos and perusal scores here
SSAA/SATB choruses, electronics and chamber orchestra
Commissioned by The Mendelssohn Club and Pennsylvania Girlchoir
The Golem Psalms Cantata (2006)
For Sanford Sylvan, baritone, Mendelssohn Club and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Commissioned by The Mendelssohn Club, Innova Label
Lung-Ta (The Windhorse) (2009)
For large chamber ensemble
Commissioned by Network for New Music
The Rim of Love Cantata (2006)
For soprano, harp, percussion and string orchestra, Disella Larusdottir, soprano, Symphony in C, Rossen Milanov, cond.
Commissioned by Astral
The Long Bright Cantata (2004)
For Hila Plitmann, soprano, treble chorus and orchestra
Commissioned by David Wolman
For violin and chamber orchestra
Commissioned by Orchestra 2001
For viola and piano
Commissioned by Barbara Westphal
For flute, viola and harp
Commissioned by Carol Wincenc
Three Songs for Violin and Double Bass
after poems by Pablo Neruda (1998)
For Heide Sibley and Edgar Meyer
Prayer and Ruth’s Aria from Women of Valor Oratorio (2000)
Hila Plitmann, Gail Dubinbaum, Valerie Harper (narr.) and orchestra
Commissioned by The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony
Listen to Andrea’s music on her Youtube channel or on Soundcloud.
Watch 25 Years of Andrea Clearfield’s Salon
Short interview with Andrea on Tse Go La cantata
Mendelssohn Club:Tse Go La premiere
“Shar Ki Ri” from Tse Go La cantata with images from Andrea’s treks to Upper Mustang, Nepal
Excerpt from Califia and the Trespassers in collaboration with filmmaker/poet Quintan Ana Wikswo
Meditative score to short film by Martha Boyden
Andrea is a full-time composer of music for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles and multi media collaborations. She is a recipient of the prestigious 2016 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and a 2016 Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts. She is also a winner of the 2016 Global Premiere Commissioning Competition. Her work is represented by Trudy Chan of Black Tea Music.
In Spring, 2016 Andrea was Visiting Composer at Michigan State University and McIllroy Visiting Professor at the University of Arkansas.
The SALON celebrates (WOW) 30 years!. We did it – together! Investors and supporters around the country made a lifetime dream come true. Watch the little film that helped it happen.
A strong advocate for creating vital, alternative arts spaces that build community, Andrea founded her renowned Salon in 1986. “One of the best-known music salons in the country” with a “deep bench of topflight musicians”, “an underground sensation” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), “one of Philadelphia’s hidden gems” (Temple News) and winner of the “Best of Philly Award 2008” (Philadelphia Magazine), the Salon has become a beloved Philadelphia cultural institution, sparking a large and growing community around the arts in Philadelphia and beyond. Patrons and organizations have hired Andrea to help them start their own Salons. These include Aspen, Scottsdale, Interfaith Center of Philadelphia, NY and Main Line Reform Temple. Contact Andrea for more info.
Andrea’s 2011 Salon Video
Andrea was awarded 2016 Fellowships from the Wurlitzer Foundation and Marble House Project and 2015 Fellowships at Blue Mountain Center, Brush Creek Foundation, Hambidge Center, Ragdale and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. 2014 residencies include The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Ucross and Copland House where she lived and worked on her first opera in Aaron Copland’s home. The opera, on the life of the 11th C.Tibetan yogi Milarepa, is set to libretto by Jean Claude van Itallie and Lois Walden, commissioned by Gene Kaufman and Terry Eder. This fall Andrea completed new works for the Taos Chamber Music Group, tubist Øystein Baadsvik, Jack Unzicker and Martha Walvoord violin/bass duo and a flute/piano duo in honor of Sara and Hendrik Drake. She is currently working on commissions for the MSU Percussion Ensemble (percussion ensemble and electronics) and for Global Premiere Commissioning Consortium with Lee Hinkle (marimba and string quartet).
Andrea’s recent premieres include Tse Go La Chamber Suite and Avalokitshvara for the Taos Chamber Music Group, That Summer: A Fantasia on Family for the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Choir, Rabsong Shar for soprano and chamber orchestra for the University of Arkansas New Music Ensemble and Sagitta with Mimi Stillman and Gideon Whitehead at the Curtis Institute of Music. Alleluia for Mendelssohn Club premiered last spring and will be published in Boosey & Hawkes’ Conductor’s Choice Series. Choral works published by Boosey & Hawkes include When I am Woman, which was performed at the Girlchoir National Convention in Philadelphia in July and will be recorded next year by Sandra Snow.
Andrea received grants from The Rubin Foundation, American Composers Forum and The University of the Arts to trek to the remote Himalayan region of Lo Monthang, Nepal in 2008 and 2010 to record the music of royal court singer, Tashi Tsering. She and anthropologist Katey Blumenthal recorded over 130 songs not previously documented. Their recordings are part of the University of Cambridge World Oral Literature Project. Andrea’s Tibetan cantata, Tse Go La, incorporates some of these Tibetan melodies. The 2012 work was co-commissioned by The Mendelssohn Club and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir and premiered with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Listen there. Purchase the score here. Read an article about the fieldwork. Other works inspired by the treks, Kawa Ma Gyur and Lung-Ta were commissioned by Network for New Music. Watch a video. Hear excerpts from Lung-Ta. Read Andrea’s article “Journey to the Top of the World” in the International Alliance for Women in Music Journal. Read David Stearns’ feature story in the Philadelphia Inquirer. More info here.