Comprising primarily choral, art song, and chamber works, Andrew Maxfield’s compositions have been performed throughout the United States and Europe. Additionally, Andrew has produced creative work ranging from music videos to children’s books to The Bridge, a genre-bending contemporary ballet. Andrew studied music at Brigham Young University, where he was valedictorian and where he now occasionally teaches as adjunct faculty. He pursued advanced studies in counterpoint and harmony at the EAMA–Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris, France, and also holds an MBA in Arts Administration from University of Wisconsin–Madison. Andrew lives with his wife Liz Davis Maxfield—a professional cellist and expert in Irish traditional music—and their sons, Eliot and Simon, in Provo, Utah.
“In Andrew Maxfield’s settings of Berry’s texts, we feel a … clarity of purpose. This is music that draws reverently and articulately from our rich traditions—harmonic and communal—but is written for today’s ensembles and audiences. … Maxfield’s ample demonstration of craft is typified not just in his artful treatment of text and use of the human instrument, but in his restraint. This is straightforward and honest music.”
—Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe Chair, Choral and Sacred Music Thornton School of Music University of Southern California
“‘Great work is done while we sleep’ says the poet, and Maxfield’s setting reflects the mystic side of night. The setting ends with a radiant choral explosion on the word ‘joy’ itself, replacing that sense of straight truth the poet brought; an interesting, and stimulating, juxtaposition of readings of the same text.”
—Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine
“Maxfield’s settings of Wendell Berry’s texts are fresh and innovative …text and music are wedded beautifully together in every piece from the most contemplative and poignant to the powerfully dramatic, from lively dance tunes to simple prayers.”
—Brady R. Allred, Artistic Director & Conductor, Salt Lake Choral Artists
“[Wendell Berry] has received numerous awards, but never anything like this tribute, which puts Berry’s words to music—in two distinct formats, each succeeding admirably.”
— Dan Forte, Vintage Guitar Magazine
“ … one of the state’s most ambitious musical projects.”
—Salt Lake Tribune
“… high quality, meaningful, valuable ; it’s a good fit for public radio listeners.”
—Stephanie Elkins, Wisconsin Public Radio
“This is attractive and approachable music. Mr. Maxfield has also aptly set each text so that the meaning comes through loud and clear.”
—Eric Glissmeyer, Station Manager of Classical 89 KBYU-FM.