Adult Band Camp Flute Faculty, Interlochen College of Creative Arts
Guest Flutist, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra
Edward Clifford is one of Grand Rapids' most active classical and improvisational musicians. On flute, clarinet and saxophone, he has performed virtually every style of music. He has worked with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, Cabrillo Music Festival, Grand Rapids Ballet, Harbinger Dance Company of Detroit, North American Choral Company, Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorale and the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago. As a chamber musician, Clifford performed with the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck and on the Barker Series as a member of Trio Nouveaux. He performs with traveling Broadway Shows at DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids, Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo, and Wharton Center in East Lansing.
Edward Clifford is also a composer. He has written four ballets for the Grand Rapids Ballet: “Foggy Day Suite,” “Paris Nights,” “Caught in a Midsummer Nights’ Dream” and “Calder.” His compositions have been performed by the West Michigan Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Grand Valley State University Jazz Band. He has also composed incidental music for the Grand Valley State Theater Department productions of “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Twelfth Night." In the spring of 2008 his composition “Celebration” was performed by the Grand Rapids Youth Orchestra to honor John Varineau. His Ballet “Calder” was presented as a video installation at the Grand Rapids Art Museum during the Calder jewelry exhibit in 2009. Mr. Clifford’s company “Clifford Music Group” contracts orchestras and musical entertainment. He has contracted orchestras for and performed with Frank Sinatra Jr., Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Mathis, Bernadette Peters, The Three Irish Tenors, Jerry Lewis and Nelson Riddle, among others. During the 1980s Clifford and Leslie van Becker founded and ran the popular “Heritage Hill“ music series, giving performances in the houses of Grand Rapid’s historic district. He is currently Mmusic director at the Grand Rapids Museum of Art. In 2008 he started a very successful Chamber Music series at the museum, in addition to booking the eclectic GRAM on the Green Series and the museum’s Friday entertainment.