Steven R. Gerber Composer in Residence


The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (COP) and Music Director Dirk Brossé announce the appointment of Philadelphia Composer Andrea Clearfield as their 2nd Annual Steven R. Gerber Composer in Residence. Funded in part by the Steven R. Gerber Trust and the American Composers Forum – Philadelphia Chapter, Clearfield will assume the role for our 2018-2019 Migrations Season.

Andrea Clearfield,
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia/American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter
Steven R. Gerber Composer in Residence

Andrea Clearfield is an award-winning composer who has written more than 150 works for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensemble, dance, and multimedia collaborations, exploring themes ranging from freedom and oppression, to ancient cultures, mythology, ecology, healing and technology. 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 music is performed widely in the U.S. and abroad.

Among her works are eleven large-scale cantatas including one commissioned and premiered by The Philadelphia Orchestra, Kabo Omowale (Welcome Home Child), in collaboration with librettist/story-teller Charlotte Blake Alston. Her cantata, Tse Go La (At the threshold of this life) for double chorus, digital audio and chamber orchestra, Rabsong Shar (The Eastern Room of the Palace) for soprano and chamber orchestra and Lung-ta (The Windhorse) for large chamber ensemble are inspired by Tibetan music fieldwork that she conducted in the remote Himalayan region of Lo Monthang, Nepal. She is currently completing her first opera Mila, Great Sorcerer, based on the life of the venerated 11th century Tibetan yogi Milarepa, to libretto by Jean-Claude van Itallie and Lois Walden, commissioned by Gene Kaufman and Terry Eder, with Kevin Newbury, director.

She is a recipient of many awards including a 2016 Pew Fellowship and 2017 Independence Fellowship in the Arts, and has held fellowships at the American Academy in Rome as a William Penn Affiliated Fellow, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Civitella Ranieri, Ucross, Montalvo, Blue Mountain Center, Djerassi, the Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale and the Copland House among others. She was awarded a 2018 Fellowship from the Women’s International Study Center in Santa Fe to continue work on the preservation of Tibetan folk music from Upper Mustang, Nepal and a 2019 Fellowship at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden.

She has been invited as visiting composer to numerous colleges and universities, most recently at Yale-National University of Singapore, Curtis Institute of Music, Emory University, The University of Texas at Austin, Michigan State University, University of Arkansas, The College of New Jersey, Penn State University and St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. She will be the Composer in Residence at the Music from Angelfire festival in northern New Mexico this summer.

Dr. Clearfield holds a DMA in music composition from Temple University, where she was the first composer to be awarded the university-wide Presidential Fellowship, and was honored as a Distinguished Alumna. She received an MM in piano performance from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts (now University of the Arts), and a BA in Music from Muhlenberg College, where was awarded first prize in performance and musicianship, and received the Alumni Achievement in the Arts Award in 2012. She served on the Composition Faculty at The University of the Arts from 1986–2011. Active as a pianist, she has performed with many ensembles including the Court of the Dalai Lama, and has played with the contemporary music group Relâche for over two decades. Passionate about building community around the arts, she is founder and host of the Salon, a renowned performance series featuring contemporary, classical, jazz, electronic, dance, multimedia and world music since 1986. Her music is published by Boosey & Hawkes, Hal Leonard, G. Schirmer, Seeadot and International Opus.

More at andreaclearfield.com

2018-2019 Season


Kimmel Center Series

AFRICA: Schubert , Arriaga, and Jegede

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 2:30 PM
Monday, October 8, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Dirk Brossé, Conductor
Tunde Jegede, Kora

Schubert – Overture in the Italian Style, D. 590
Arriaga – Symphony in D
Fela Sowande – African Suite for String Orchestra
Tunde Jegede – Interlude: Solo Kora
Jegede – Cycle of Reckoning for Kora and Chamber Orchestra*

*U.S. Premiere

ASIA: Mozart, Dvořák, and Harrison

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 2:30 PM
Monday, December 10, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Dirk Brossé, Conductor
Wu Man, Pipa

Mozart – Divertimento, K. 138
– Serenade for Strings
Dirk Brossé/TraditionalMu yang Gu-niang
Wu Man – Interlude: Solo Pipa
Lou Harrison – Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra


EUROPE: Bach, Vivaldi, and Corelli

Sunday, February 24, 2019 | 2:30 PM
Monday, February 25, 2019 | 7:30 PM

Caterina Lichtenberg, Mandolin
Steven Tavani, Leader

Broschi – Ouverture La Merope
J.S. Bach – Air on a G string, BWV 1068
Caterina Lichtenberg – Interlude: solo mandolin
Gaudioso – Concerto di Mandolino a solo con Violini e Basso
Caldara – Sinfonie a Quattro #1, 8, 9, and 10
Vivaldi – Concerto for Mandolin
Corelli – Suite for String Orchestra

Program to be performed without intermission


THE AMERICAS: de Falla, Villa-Lobos, and Clearfield

Sunday, March 31, 2019 | 2:30 PM
Monday, April 1, 2019 | 7:30 PM

Dirk Brossé, Conductor
Jordan Dodson, Guitar Astral Spotlight Artist

Manuel DeFalla – El Amor Brujo Suite
Villa-Lobos –
Concerto for Guitar
Chabrier – 
Steven Gerber – 
Homage to Dvořák, from Spirituals for String Orchestra
Jordan Dodson –
Interlude, Solo Guitar
Andrea Clearfield Steven R. Gerber Composer in Residence –
New Work for Electric Guitar and Chamber Orchestra*

World Premiere


MIDDLE EAST: Mozart, Saint-Saëns, and Shaheen

Sunday, May 19, 2019 | 2:30 PM
Monday, May 20, 2019 | 7:30 PM

Dirk Brossé, Conductor
Simon Shaheen, Oud

François-Adrien Boieldieu – Overture to Le Calife de Bagdad
Mozart – Symphony No. 36 “Linz”
Saint-Saëns – “Bacchanale” from Samson and Delilah (Arranged by Andrea Clearfield, Steven R. Gerber Composer in Residence)
Simon Shaheen – Interlude: Solo Oud
Shaheen – Fantasie for Strings and Oud*

*Philadelphia Premiere

Annenberg Live Chamber Music Series

Origins and Diaspora
Annenberg Center LIVE
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

West African Musical Traditions and influences in Classical Music.

intersect11: The African Influence
Annenberg Center LIVE
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Africa’s defining influence on American Music, led by guitarist/composer Andrew Lipke.

Call & Response
Annenberg Center LIVE
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

African American composers from Burleigh to Braxton.


*Artists, Dates, and Programs subject to change


intersect series 2018-2019

intersect10: The Asian Influence
World Café Live
December 5, 2018

A polystylistic exploration of the influence of Asian musical traditions on rock, pop, jazz, and classical music led by Andrew Lipke.

intersect11: The African Influence
Annenberg Center LIVE
February 20, 2019

Africa’s defining influence on American Music, led by guitarist/composer Andrew Lipke