Discipline: Music Composition

Felix Labunski

Discipline: Music Composition
MacDowell Fellowships: 1941, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1949, 1953, 1954

Felix Labunski (1892-1979) was a Polish-born American composer, pianist, and music educator. He began college in St. Petersburg studying architecture, but decided to switch to music studies after returning from combat in World War I. In 1927, he helped found the Association of Young Polish Composers in Paris and in 1933, he married Dorothea Gierasch-Boit, an American sculptor. Together, they moved to the United States in 1936, settling in New York. Their son Edward, who also grew up to be composer, was born there in 1937. Labunski became a naturalized American citizen in 1941.

Between the 1930s and 1970s, Labunski composed, taught, and lectured at several North American universities. He was an active writer and critic, and also made appearances as a pianist, often performing his own compositions. He received an honorary doctorate from the Chicago Music College in 1951 and an award from ASCAP in 1977.


New Jersey

Felix Labunski worked in the New Jersey studio.

The yellow clapboard New Jersey Studio, located on a grassy, sloping site, was funded by the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs and built as an exact replica of Monday Music Studio (1913). The studio’s porch rests on fieldstone piers that increase in height as the ground slopes to the west. Like Monday Music Studio, New Jersey…

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