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Julie Herndon

Composer and performer working with internal/external space
Julie Herndon is a composer and performer working with internal/external space through improvisation, text, graphics, and electronics. She holds a M.A. in Music Composition from Mills College and a B.A. in Music from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Her teachers include Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Maggi Payne, Nalini Ghuman, and Brian Ganz.

Her compositions and installations have been featured in music festivals such as soundSCAPE in Maccagno, Italy, Megapolis Audio Art Festival in Oakland, Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Festival in Virginia, and Hot Air Festival in San Francisco, at venues including Zen Mountain Cloud Center in Santa Fe, Eureka! Musical Minds Conference in Santa Cruz, and San Francisco Art Institute. As pianist and vocalist, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Conservatoire de musique Genève, and the Center for New Music in San Francisco. Awards in music include the Elizabeth Mills Crothers Award for outstanding musical composition and Barbara Bershon Arts Alliance Award.

Julie is currently an active composer, performer, director, and teacher in Oakland, California and is beginning doctoral studies at Stanford University in the fall of 2016.