Eleanor Everest Freer

Eleanor Everest Freer (born 14 May 1864, d. 13 Dec 1942) was an American composer and philanthropist.

Eleanor Freer
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Born(1864-05-14)May 14, 1864
Philadelphia, PA
DiedDecember 13, 1942(1942-12-13) (aged 78)
Chicago, IL
OccupationSinger, teacher, composer


Eleanor Everest was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of Cornelius Everest and Ellen Amelia (Clark) Everest, and studied singing in Paris with Mathilde Marchesi and composition with Benjamin Godard. She taught music in Philadelphia and New York City, and married Chicago doctor Archibald Freer in 1893. The couple had one daughter and moved to Chicago in 1899, where Eleanor Freer studied music theory with Bernard Ziehn.[1] In 1934, she received a D.Mus. from the Boguslawski College of Music.[2]

Freer was the founder of the Opera in Our Language Foundation (OOLF) in 1921 and the American Opera Society of Chicago (AOSC). She died in Chicago in 1942.[3][4]


Freer composed eleven operas and more than 150 songs, many of which were published in collections. Selected works include:

  • A Book of Songs, op. 4 (9 songs)
  • Five Songs to Spring
  • Four Songs
  • Six Songs to Nature
  • Sonnets from the Portuguese (44 songs)
  • The Brownings Go to Italy
  • Massimiliano, or The Court Jester, Romantic Opera in One Act
  • The Legend of the Piper opera
  • Scenes from Little Women opera


  1. ^ Cook, Marlene. "So We All Can Be Heard". Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2010.
  2. ^ I., Cohen, Aaron (1981). International encyclopedia of women composers. New York: Bowker. ISBN 0835212882. OCLC 7671325.
  3. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  4. ^ "German-American Music Publishers". Archived from the original on 13 March 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2010.

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