Clare Maclean was born in New Zealand in 1958. She studied composition with Gillian Bibby in Wellington and, with Peter Sculthorpe in Sydney, at that time she also sang with the Sydney Chamber Choir and has written several pieces for them. This experience, particularly with the renaissance repertoire, influenced her writing style, which often uses modal tonalities and contrapuntal textures. She has been commissioned by a number of choirs in Australia and by the St Louis Chamber Chorus in the United States.
Clare has been teaching part time at the University of Western Sydney for several years. She began a Doctorate in Creative Arts in composition there in 2004, which involves both choral and instrumental works. She lives with her husband John Carroll and family in Penrith, NSW.
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