Lecturer, Theory and Composition Music Theory & Composition Division
A.B., University of California, Berkeley; M.M., University of Southern California, D.M.A., Columbia University
David Froom’s 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, New Zealand, and Australia. His music is available on CD on the Bridge, Navona, New Dimensions, Naxos, Arabesque, Capriccio, Centaur, Sonora, Crystal, Opus 3, and Altissimo labels, and is published by the American Composers Alliance.
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 (2nd ed., 2001, updated for Groves American, 2ed. 2013). He serves on the boards of directors for the American Composers Alliance, the 21 Century Consort, and the New York New Music Ensemble. He is Professor of Music at St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he has been teaching since 1989, and, for twelve years, served as Chair of the Music Department. His main composition teachers were Chou Wen-chung, Mario Davidovsky, Alexander Goehr, and William Kraft.