Eleanor Everest Freer

Born: 14th May 1864

Died: 13th December 1942

Birthplace: Philadelphia, USA

Eleanor Everest Freer was an American composer and philanthropist. 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 inPhiladelphia and New York, 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. Freer was the founder of the Opera in Our Language Foundation (OOLF) in 1921 and the American Opera Society of Chicago (AOSC). Freer composed eleven opera and more than 150 songs, many of which were published in collections.

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