2014 Festival and Guest Composer Andrea Clearfield

AC_color_headshot_lowHartford, CT – August 1, 2013 – The Women Composers Festival of Hartford announces its 2014 festival scheduled for Thursday, March 6, to Sunday, March 9, at the historic Charter Oak Cultural Center. Andrea Clearfield joins the festival as guest composer, featuring the Philadelphia-based composer in multiple events. The festival includes performances of Dr. Clearfield’s music, in addition to an international selection of historical and living women composers. For additional information, visit www.womencomposersfestivalhartford.com.

Andrea Clearfield is an award-winning composer of music for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles, 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”, by the L.A. Times for her “fluid and glistening orchestration” and by Opera News for her music of “timeless beauty”. Dr. Clearfield has been awarded fellowships from the American Composers Forum at the American Academy in Rome, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center and Civitella Ranieri in Italy and Fundaciòn Valparaiso in Spain. She was awarded a 2012 Fellowship at Montalvo in California and 2013 residencies at Moulin à Nef in France and the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM. Other awards include fellowships at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is founder and host of the renowned Philadelphia Salon concert series now completing its 26th year featuring contemporary, classical, jazz, electronic, dance, and world music and winner of Philadelphia Magazine’s 2008 “Best of Philadelphia” award. As composer-in-residence, she is speaking at The Hartt School’s Institute for Contemporary American Music and Central Connecticut State University’s Music Forum. Information on her music and a complete bio can be found at www.andreaclearfield.com.

The Women Composers Festival of Hartford has, for the last thirteen years, provided an enriching platform for the promotion of women’s music. Recognized as a champion of women’s music by institutions such as the International Alliance for Women in Music and the Women’s Education and Leadership Fund, the festival’s goals include fostering music by female composers, living and historical, through performances, outreach, and development.

Festival details, and programming specifics are available at www.womencomposersfestivalhartford.com. For more information email info@womencomposersfestivalhartford.com.

Today is the Day!


Today is the day that the Festival begins. To kick things off there is a concert tonight at 5pm in the Berkman Recital Hall at the University of Hartford where the Hartt Community Division students and faculty will be singing songs by Women Composers.

Here is some information about this and the rest of the events this week, the locations, and parking.

Event Locations


University of Hartford

Events: Solo Vocal Works Concert, ICAM Composer’s Seminar, Hartt Saxophone Studio Recital, WCForum

200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT

(860) 768-4100 ‎ · hartford.edu

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For all events you can park in the same lot “Lot D.” Parking is free, but you need to get a pass from a Festival director. Contact the Festival to get one if you need a pass. To get to the lot, when you turn into the university entrance, continue straight. You will pass a parking lot on your right, and then another one on your left. When you see the second parking lot on your right hand side, pull in and park in a YELLOW space. The building that is directly in front of this lot is the Fuller Music Building.


To get to the Wilde Auditorium, go towards the Fuller Music Building. Follow the sidewalk that wraps around and to the right of the building (towards more parking.) The larger building to the right of Fuller has a rear entrance from the small parking lot you will be standing in. This is actually the front entrance for the Wilde Auditorium.



Charter Oak Cultural Center (Downtown Hartford)

Events: Local Composers Concert, Flute Works Concert

21 Charter Oak Ave, Hartford, CT

(860) 249-1207 ‎ · charteroakcenter.org

There is free parking in the lot across the street.

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Central Connecticut State University

Events: CCSU Music Forum

1615 Stanley St, New Britain, CT

(860) 832-3200 ‎ · ccsu.edu

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Unitarian Society of Hartford

Events:Concert Pro Femina

50 Bloomfield Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105

(860) 233-9897 firstunitarian@ushartford.com

directions  http://www.ushartford.com/map.html

If you follow your directions to the University of Hartford, the Unitarian Society will be on the way. They are only a few blocks apart on Bloomfield Ave.


Hotels in Hartford


Holiday Inn Express Hartford

440 Asylum St, Hartford, CT


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Ramada Plaza Hartford

50 Morgan St, Hartford, CT


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The 2013 Festival is upon us!

One week from tonight, Wednesday March 6th, the 2013 Festival Guest Composer Hilary Tann we speaking at the Hartt School’s Composer’s Seminar. These lectures are fun and exciting and FREE! If you are at all interested in her music or her compositional approach and style, this will be a fun and rewarding hour of discussion. For more info visit http://womencomposersfestivalhartford.com/?page_id=530

Afterwards, you can head over to the Charter Oak Cultural Center for the Local Composers Concert. The unifying theme of the concert is that all of the composers are from the greater Tri-State/New York areas. However, the pieces are extremely varied in style and instrumentation. For more info visit http://womencomposersfestivalhartford.com/?page_id=352

So come check out an evening of exploration and discussion, and a concert of diverse music supporting local women.



Charter Oak Cultural Center

This year we’re proud to collaborate with Charter Oak Cultural Center to present two concerts – the Local Composers Concert on Wednesday, March 6, 7:30PM, and the Dahlia Duo‘s Flute Works Concert on Friday, March 8, 7:30PM. Charter Oak is a beautiful and historic events center fostering social justice and cultural outreach in the downtown Hartford region. Charter Oak’s goals are ” 1) To provide wide access to the arts for all who wish to engage in them, regardless of income 2) To do the work of social justice through the arts 3) To celebrate the heritage of our historic building and to preserve it in perpetuity.”

(Image courtesy Charter Oak website)

Be sure to visit Charter Oak’s website (http://www.charteroakcenter.org/) to learn more about the many events, concerts, and other activities they present throughout the year. And while you’re there, get your ticket in advance for the March 6 & 8 concerts. We look forward to seeing you there!