Dallas J. Herndon
Composer ~ Musician ~ Arranger

     Dallas J. Herndon (b. 1994) is a composer and musician originally from Moncks Corner, South Carolina.  He completed his undergraduate studies (summa cum laude) at Newberry College (Newberry, SC), majoring in Music Performance (clarinet) and Music Theory, with a minor in Jazz Studies.  While at Newberry, he served as a music tutor in the areas of music theory, music literature/appreciation and basic/elementary piano.  Dallas was also actively involved in a wide array of ensembles, including marching band, symphonic band, wind symphony, jazz big band, jazz combo, the Newberry College choir, clarinet ensemble, saxophone ensemble, and piano ensemble.  He has had the honor of arranging the music for the 2014 show of the Newberry College Scarlet Spirit Marching Band.
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     As a composer, Dallas seeks to create works that bridge the gap between the old and the new, often drawing upon a wide variety of musical influences within a single work.  Past interests include composers of the Romantic idiom, namely those such as Beethoven, Chopin, and Sibelius.  His current interests are largely Soviet composers of the mid/late twentieth century. He has written multiple research papers on the music of Dmitri Shostkovich and Alfred Schnittke, and his masters thesis includes a comprehensive analysis of polystylism in Alfred Schnittke's String Quartet No. 3 (1983), an idea that has become increasingly relevent to his own style as a composer.  

     Dallas's music has been recognized in a variety of competitive platforms.  Written in 2014, Omega recieved its world premiere by the Newberry College Saxophone Ensemble, and placed as the state winner (South Carolina) for the 2015-2016 MTNA Composition Competition.  His work Tetramania (for fixed media) was also featured in the 60th Edition of ECU's Rebel Magazine, a university magazine devoted to showcasing a wide varieity of mediums within the creative arts.  Recent endeavors include participating in the 2017 SnowPond Composers Workshop (Sidney, Maine), where his work Two Preludes for Violin and Viola was premiered by violinist Maya Bennardo and violist Hannah Levinson, as well as the Charlotte New Music Festival (2018) in Charlotte NC, where his works Two Etudes for Saxophone Quartet and Micromorphosis were premiered by the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet and the Beo String Quartet, respectively.

     Dallas has also written for and collaborated with many renowned guest artists as a part of the North Carolina New Music Initiative, including Julia Den Boer, Sharon Harms & Steven Beck, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ben Melsky, as well as internationally renowned marimbist Ayano Kataoka.  Dallas has studied clarinet with Dr. Barry McGinnis (additional studies with Robert DiLutis), piano with Dr. Sarah Masterson (additional studies with Kwan Yi and Irem Ozay), and improvistation with Dr. John Valerio.  Other minor studies include oboe (Briana Leaman), cello (Tzu-Ying Liao), and guitar (Amy Campbell). Primary composition studies include Dr. Edward Jacobs and Dr. Travis Alford; other compositional studies/masterclasses include composers John Valerio, Matthew Ricketts, Charlie Peck, Melinda Wagner, Jim Mobberly, Richard Nelson, Frank Mauceri, Joel Hoffman, and Kyong Mee Choi.

     Dallas recently completed his graduate studies (M.M.) with concentrations in composition and music theory at East Carolina University (Greenville, NC).  As a graduate assistant, his specific duties were in the areas of music theory instruction and assisting with audio recordings.  He is currently an adjunct instructor of music at Pitt Community College (Winterville, NC), where he teaches and assists with courses in music appreciation and music theory.

Dallas is a member of Society of Composers, Inc. and ASCAP. 


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