Hollingsworth, Stanley, American composer and teacher; b. Berkeley, Calif., Aug. 27, 1924. He studied at San Jose State Coll., with Milhaud at Mills Coll. in Oakland, Calif., and with Menotti at the Curtis Inst. of Music in Philadelphia. He held a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (1955–57), received a Guggenheim fellowship (1958), and was awarded several NEA grants. After teaching at San Jose State Coll. (1961–63), he taught at Oakland Univ. in Rochester, Mich. (1976–95). His music follows the principles of practical modernism. He has used the pseudonym Stanley Hollier in some of his works.
dramatic: Opera: The Mother, after Andersen (1949; Philadelphia, March 29, 1954); La Grande Bretèche, after Balzac (1954; NBC-TV, Feb. 10, 1957); The Selfish Giant (1981); Harrison Loved His Umbrella (1981).ORCH.: Piano Concerto (1980); Divertimento (1982); 3 Ladies beside the Sea for Narrator and Orch. (1983); Violin Concerto (1991).CHAMBER: Oboe Sonata; 3 impromptus for Flute and Piano (1975); Ricordanza for Oboe and String Trio (in memory of Samuel Barber; 1981); Reflections and Diversions for Clarinet and Piano (1984).VOCAL: Dumbarton Oaks Mass for Chorus and String Orch.; Stabat Mater for Chorus and Orch. (San Jose, May 1, 1957); Death be Not Proud for Chorus and Orch.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire