Andrea Clearfield

Andrea Clearfield is an award-winning full time composer of music for orchestra, 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 and ten cantatas including one for The Philadelphia Orchestra. Dr. Clearfield has been awarded fellowships at the American Academy in Rome, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts among others. She is in demand as a curator, speaker, music panelist and adjudicator. She received a DMA from Temple University where she was honored as a distinguished alumna, an MM from the University of the Arts and a BA from Muhlenberg College where she received the Alumni Achievement in the Arts Award. She is the founder and host of the renowned Philadelphia Salon concert series featuring contemporary, classical, jazz, electronic, dance, and world music since 1986 and and winner of Philadelphia Magazine’s 2008 “Best of Philadelphia” award. She is the recipient of a 2016 Pew Fellowship and is currently working on her first opera for NYC premiere. More at

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