The American Composers Forum (ACF) has announced that Oakland-based artist Julie Herndon (Hume Fellow pursuing a doctorate in Composition at Stanford) has been awarded the organization’s first Bay Area Composer Residency award. Herndon will receive $10,000 to organize and lead Soundvoice, a collaboration with Code Tenderloin, based in San Francisco. During the summer of 2020, Herndon will work with the homeless community in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood to workshop and create a multi-media concert featuring the stories of the participants.
Says ACF’s President & CEO, Vanessa Rose, “This project was so compelling to our panel and us because it showed thoughtful engagement of an underserved community, meaningful interactions that value their individual voices, and a celebratory event for all."
Herndon is an Oakland-based composer and performer working with internal/external space through improvisation, text, graphics, and electronics. Her work explores the body’s relationship to the self, to performance, and to tools like musical instruments and personal technology. She holds a B.A. in Music from St. Mary's College of Maryland and an M.A. in Music Composition from Mills College.