You are here


David Froom

David Froom


Artist Information

St. Mary's County
Artistic Category


MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)

Artist Statement

I strive to continue to grow as a composer, writing music with the aim of building on my technique and dramatic sense to create fresh work, challenging myself afresh with each new work. I seek a balance between tradition (as it informs listener expectation) and new.

Artist Bio

David Froom was born in California in 1951.  His music has been performed extensively throughout the United States by major orchestras, ensembles, and soloists, including, among many others, the Louisville, Seattle, Utah, League/ISCM, and Chesapeake Symphony Orchestras, The United States Marine and Navy Bands, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the 21st Century Consort, Boston Musica Viva, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt, and the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet.  His music has been heard in performance in England, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland, Cyprus, China, and Australia.  His music is available on CD on the Bridge, Navona, New Dimensions, Delos, Arabesque, Capriccio, Centaur, Sonora, Crystal, Opus 3, and Altissimo labels, and is published by American Composers Edition.


Among the many organizations that have bestowed honors on him are the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Academy Award, Ives Scholarship), the Guggenheim, Fromm, Koussevitzky, and Barlow Foundations, the Kennedy Center (first prize in the Friedheim Awards), the National Endowment for the Arts, The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer for 2006), and the state of Maryland (five Individual Artist Awards). He had a Fulbright grant for study at Cambridge University, and fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Wellesley Composers Conference, and the MacDowell Colony. His biography is included in Groves.  He serves on the boards of directors for the American Composers Alliance, the 21st Century Consort, and the New York New Music Ensemble.  He has taught at the University of Utah, the Peabody Conservatory, University of Maryland College Park, and, since 1989, St. Mary's College of Maryland.  Mr. Froom was educated at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Southern California, and Columbia University. His main composition teachers were Chou Wen-chung, Mario Davidovsky, Alexander Goehr, and William Kraft.  

Artist Video: