Dallas Joseph Howard is a composer, conductor, and collaborative artist. He was the 2018 Leonard Bernstein Fellow for Composition at Tanglewood Music Center. His music can be characterized by intricate contrapuntal textures, merging different styles seamlessly. Dallas is passionate about advocating for New Music and promoting the arts in his community: He was the creator of music festivals such as P21 Music Festival in Oklahoma City, Twister Fest Music and Art Festival in Chickasha, and helped organize the Ithaca College School of Music World Music Festival. Currently Dallas is artistic director for un/pitched: New Music Network and conductor for Ithaca New Music Collective while composing for both organizations.
Dallas’ formal music composition training began in high school with a focus in film music under the mentorship of Thom Sharp (UCLA), and concert music with Anthony Suter (Redlands University). After spending a year under the instruction of Don Freund at Indiana University, Dallas transferred to Oklahoma City University to study composition with Dr. Edward Knight. Since finishing his undergraduate studies, Dallas has study with several composers including Augusta Read Thomas, Chinary Ung, Bob Aldridge, David Dzubay, Greg Simon, and Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann.
Recent highlights include performances by select international artists such as virtuoso violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved, clarinetist Lori Freedman, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), GReCO Renaissance and Contemporary Music Group, workshop performance from the Switch-Ensemble, and a commissioned work by EASTHAMA: International Percussion Duo. One of Dallas’ most recent projects include the creation of an amplified musical shopping cart for the un/pitched: Percussion Trio which premiered “How 2 Shopping Cart” at a local bar in Ithaca, NY, an engagement within the community with presenting music in unconventional performance spaces and venues.
Dallas was awarded the Louis Smadbeck Composition Award, the Maddy Summer Artist award, as well as the Project21: Music for the Twenty-First Century Composition Prize. His past composition fellowships include Brevard Music Center Summer Institute (2017) and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (2011).
Currently, Dallas is freelance composing, working on a commission from the Ithaca New Music Collective, and managing Un/Pitched’s new solo percussion project called Metamorphosis.