Commissioned anthem “The Song of Hannah”

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the publication of Voices Found, we are pleased to announce the premiere of an anthem newly commissioned by the Women’s Sacred Music Project. Philadelphia-based composer Andrea Clearfield has written The Song of Hannah, a choral setting of the Biblical passage from 1 Samuel chapter 2, in which Hannah praises God for giving her a son, Samuel.  

On Friday November 9th, 2018 The Song of Hannah will be performed at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, as an anthem during the opening Eucharist of the 2018 Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Director of Music Thomas Lloyd will direct the Cathedral Singers.

The Song of Hannah will be the choral anthem at the service of Holy Eucharist at The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, on Sunday November 18th at 11:00am.  The text is part of that day’s liturgy.  This service is open to the public.

WSMP expects there will be additional performances in other area parishes in the Fall. Interested groups may contact Thomas Lloyd to request a perusal score.


Andrea Clearfield is an award-winning composer who has written more than 150 works for orchestra, opera, chorus, chamber ensemble, dance, and multimedia collaborations. Clearfield creates deep, emotive musical languages that build cultural and artistic bridges. Recent works are inspired by Tibetan music fieldwork that she conducted in the Nepalese Himalaya. Among her works are ten cantatas for voices and orchestra, including one for The Philadelphia Orchestra. She was recently appointed the Steven R. Gerber Composer in Residence with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for their 2018-19 season. Dr. Clearfield was awarded a 2017 Independence Foundation Fellowship, a 2016 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and fellowships at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, American Academy in Rome, Yaddo, Ucross, Wurlitzer Foundation, Copland House and the MacDowell Colony among others. Her music is published by Boosey & Hawkes, G. Schirmer, Hal Leonard and Seeadot and recorded on the Bridge, Sony, MSR, Albany, Crystal and Innova labels. Passionate for building community around the arts, she is founder and host of the renowned Salon featuring contemporary, classical, jazz, electronic, dance, and world music