photo by  John Ivers

photo by John Ivers

bio & contact

Julie Herndon is an Oakland-based composer and performer. Her work explores the body’s relationship to the self, to performance, and to tools like musical instruments and personal technologies. Her electroacoustic work has been described as “blended to inhabit a surprisingly expressive space” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Recent projects include compositions for JACK Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Line Upon Line Percussion, Ensemble Proton Bern, TAK Ensemble, Retro Disco, and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. Her work is performed in the US, Europe, and Asia, at venues including MATA Festival in New York, Artistry Space in Singapore, Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, and Kalv Festival in Sweden.

As an educator, Herndon has instructed classes at Mills College and assisted courses in Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Stanford in subjects ranging from anime to transidiomatic art-making. She holds a B.A. in Music from St. Mary's College of Maryland and a M.A. in Music Composition from Mills College, and is currently a Hume Fellow pursuing a doctorate at Stanford University. In 2019, Herndon was awarded the Chair’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and is now co-developing the class “Sound Practices: Embodiment and the Social” with Patricia Alessandrini and Charlie Sdraulig.

Ongoing collaborations include hi, a duo with John Ivers featuring harmonium, clarinet and electronics; fff, an interdisciplinary artist collective; and curating at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. In 2020, Herndon is also leading Soundvoice, a series of workshops bringing together local musicians and the homeless community, supported in part by the American Composers Forum through the 2019 Bay Area Composer Residency Program.

contact: jherndon [at] ccrma [dot] stanford [dot] edu