Anna Weesner Receives Fromm Foundation Commission

January 29, 2024

Each year, the Fromm Music Foundation accepts applications for commissions of new music, and awards commissions to fourteen American composers. The Fromm Music Foundation commissions represent one of the ways that the foundation strives to support the creation of new musical works and bring contemporary concert music closer to the public.

Weesner's recent output includes a set of songs called My Mother in Love for which she wrote music and text, forthcoming in a recorded studio version and originally commissioned by Cygnus Ensemble. Recent chamber music includes The Eight Lost Songs of Orlando Underground for clarinet quintet, commissioned and premiered by the Lark Quartet with Romie de Guise-Langlois, and Song-Shaped Absence in a Soundtracked World, commissioned by Mimi Stillman and Dolce Suono Ensemble.


The Fromm Music Foundation was founded by the late Paul Fromm in 1952. Since 1972, it has been located at Harvard University where it operates in partnership with the Harvard University Music Department. Over the course of its existence, the Fromm Foundation has commissioned almost 500 new compositions and their performances. The Fromm Foundation has sponsored hundreds of new music concerts and concert series, among them Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music, American Composers Orchestra, and the Fromm Players Concert at Harvard University. The Foundation also supports Fromm Distinguished Visitors at Harvard for established composers, the Paul Fromm Composer-in-Residence program at the American Academy in Rome, and Fromm Fellowships for young composers at festivals across the United States.