Discipline: Music Composition

Stanley Avery

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Minneapolis, MN
MacDowell Fellowships: 1925
Stanley Avery (1897 - 1967) was an American composer, choirmaster, and organist from Yonkers, NY. He studied organ and music composition in New York and Berlin before becoming an organist in Yonkers. He then moved to Minneapolis where he worked as a choirmaster and an organist at St. Marks church from 1910 to 1950. Alongside a series of pedagogical pieces for piano, he completed a series of large dramatic works, including The Operatician, The Quartet, Katrina, and Ichabod Crane. His works have been performed by the Minneapolis, Duluth, and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. Manuscripts of his work can be found at the University of Minnesota Music Library, the Hennepin County Library, and the Minneapolis Central Library.



Stanley Avery worked in the Chapman studio.

Chapman Studio was funded by Mrs. Alice Woodrough Chapman in memory of her husband, composer George Alexander Chapman. Symmetrically massed, the building is stuccoed on the exterior with a natural, unpainted cement. Its unusual half-timbered ornament consists of slender, knotty spruce poles painted a dark green color. A central, peak-roofed entrance porch appears on the north side…

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