Professor Laura Schwendinger is one of 14 composers selected to receive a 2020 Fromm commission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. The award marks Professor Schwendinger’s second Fromm commission.

According to the foundation, these commissions represent one of the principal ways that the foundation seeks to strengthen composition and to bring contemporary concert music closer to the public. In addition to the commissioning award, a subsidy is available for the ensemble performing the premiere of the commissioned work.

The Fromm Music Foundation was founded by the late Paul Fromm in 1952. Since 1972, it  has been located at Harvard University where it has operated in partnership with the Harvard University Music Department. Over the course of its existence, the Fromm Foundation has commissioned over 400 new compositions and their performances. The Fromm Foundation has also sponsored hundreds of new music concerts and concert series, among them Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music, American Composers Orchestra, and the Fromm Concert Series at Harvard University. The foundation  has also supported a Fromm Visiting Professorship for established composers in the Department of Music, and the Paul Fromm Composer-in-Residence program at the American Academy in Rome.