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Clare Maclean : Represented Artist

Maclean's writing style...often uses modal tonalities and contrapuntal textures.

Random Audio Sample: A seagull's shadow : tenor voice and piano by Clare Maclean, from the CD New Art Song of the Pacific Rim

Photo of Clare Maclean

Clare Maclean was born in New Zealand in 1958. She studied composition with Gillian Bibby in Wellington, New Zealand, and with Peter Sculthorpe and Bruce Crossman in Sydney. As a student she began singing with the Sydney Chamber Choir, and this experience, particularly with the Renaissance repertoire, influenced her writing style, which often uses modal tonalities and contrapuntal textures.

Maclean has written a number of pieces for the Sydney Chamber Choir, including the Osanna Mass, recorded on the Osanna CD, the second CD of her music by the choir on the Tall Poppies label. In 2012, this work won the Australian Art Music Award for vocal music. She has been commissioned by ensembles in Australia and overseas, and was composer-in-residence with the St Louis Chamber Chorus (Missouri) from 2006 to 2011. She has represented Australia in ISCM World Music days and Asian Composers League festivals. She teaches at the University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Clare Maclean — current to September 2018

Teacher/Influence on

Keren Terpstra

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Beannaicht an long : Blest be the boat (2020) Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by the WA Commissioning Circle
Digital sheet music sample Psalm 11 : SSAATTBB choir (2019) Commissioned by the Adelaide Festival of Arts with the generous support of the Adelaide Festival Commissioning Circle.
A seagull's shadow : tenor voice and piano (2018) Commissioned by Diana Blom, Kevin Hanrahan.
Digital sheet music sample Above the water : for SSAATTBB choir (2015) Commissioned by the Sydney Chamber choir for their 40th anniversary, and sponsored by Noel Keen.
Digital sheet music sample That I did always love : unaccompanied chorus, SATB SATB (2015) Commissioned for the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus (Philip Barnes, Artistic Director) by Erin Hammond and Orin Johnson in celebration of their 10th wedding anniversary
Digital sheet music sample Talismans : SATBarB choir (2014) Commissioned by National Youth Choir of Australia.