Dallas Herndon is a musician and composer originally from Moncks Corner, South Carolina. He studied music 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. ​ Actively involved as a composer, Herndon'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. Dallas Herndon is currently a graduate student at East Carolina Univeristy, pursuing a Master of Music degree with concentrations in Composition and Music Theory. Past research interests haved included Jean Sibelius and his influence on Finnish Nationalism, and the music of Dmitri Shostakovich. Current research interests include polystylism and the music of Alfred Schnittke, as well as other Soviet composers of the mid/late 20th century. His master's thesis (in progress) includes a comprehensive analysis of Schnittke's String Quartet No. 3 (1983). As a graduate assistant, Dallas's duties are primarily within the theory/composition department; he currently serves as a theory instuctor for music fundamentals courses, as well as an audio recording assistant, and is also the graduate supervisor for the theory tutoring program. While at East Carolina, Dallas has 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, 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 and Kwan Yi, and improvistation with Dr. John Valerio. Other minor studies include oboe (Briana Leaman), cello (Tzu-Ying Liao), and guitar (Amy Campbell). He is currently studying composition with Dr. Edward Jacobs; other compositional studies include composers John Valerio, Matthew Ricketts, Charlie Peck, Melinda Wagner, Jim Mobberly, Richard Nelson, and Frank Mauceri.


Composer, Arranger, Multi-instrumentalist. B.M. Music Performance and Music Theory Minor in Jazz Studies In Progress- M.M., Composition

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Quartet No. 1 in C Minor (2016)

Quartet No. 1 in C Minor is a work inspired by lyricism and expressiveness, written in a Romantic style. Ideas are drawn from works such as Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Fauré's Élégie (Op. 24,) and Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings. Overall, the mood is quite solemn and subdued. Much like the beginning of the String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, the Quartet No. 1 in C Minor opens with a single moving line, which gradually expands into a full ensemble. The melody itself is somewhat sequential, and recurs throughout the piece, voiced and stylized in various ways. A common element featured throughout the piece is the use of suspensions and syncopations to create a rather dramatic sense of momentum. When the cello eventually plays the melody towards the middle, the melody from Fauré's Élégie is quoted as a counter-melody. The inspiration from Barber's Adagio for Strings can be seen towards the end, as all four parts gradually crescendo to an extremely brilliant chord, followed by complete silence. The 2nd violin then quotes a variation of the original melody as the ensemble moves into a final chord.

Tetramania (2017)

Tetramania is a piece that I wrote largely as an experimental project. This is the first serious piece I that I’ve written for electronic media, and my ultimate goal was to see how much of a variety of sound/timbres I could create with a single original sound file. The original sound itself is a four-note motive that I recorded on an acoustic piano (F-C-E-B in descending motion). I then manipulated this piano sound in a wide variety of ways, including pitch and frequency manipulation to adding reverb and harmonic amplification.

Two Preludes for Violin and Viola (2017)

Premiered at the 2017 Snow Pond Composers Workshop in Sidney, ME. Maya Bennardo, violin; Hannah Levinson, viola