Dallas Joseph Howard is an award winning composer, entrepreneur, and collaborative artist. He was awarded the Louis Smadbeck Composition Award, The Maddy Summer Artist Award at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp for composition, as well as the Project21: Music for the Twenty-First Century composition competition prize at Oklahoma City University. Earlier experiences include working with Derek Bermel as a Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Composing Fellow.
He was a founder of new music festivals, such as the P21 Music Festival in Oklahoma City; and the TwisterFest Music and Art Festival in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He was also responsible of organizing Ithaca College School of Music’s first World Music Festival.
Dallas J. Howard’s 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 activities have featured performances from virtuoso violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved, contemporary clarinetist Lori Freedman, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), workshop performance from the Switch Ensemble, and a work commissioned by Easthama: International Percussion Duo. He also the Co-Founder of Un/Pitched: New Music Network which pioneered new collaboration projects and concert series between Cornell University, Ithaca College, and the greater New York area. Giving workshops for young composers and a call for scores for them to be featured on Un/Pitched concert series. Also Dallas attended Brevard Music Center Summer Institute in 2017.
Currently, Dallas recently graduated from Ithaca College with a Master’s in Music Composition under Dr. Evis Sammoutis and was the graduate assistant for Composition Department as well as the Electro-Acoustic Studios at Ithaca College School of Music. Had premieres include a new orchestral piece based on a stellarator in Germany (Wendelstein 7-x), a collection of pieces for amplified prepared shopping cart (How 2 Shopping Cart), a work for period instruments performed by GReCO Renaissance and Contemporary Music Group (Paradiso Bubbonico) and a fanfare for the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra. This summer Dallas will be attending Tanglewood as one of their Composition Fellows for the 2018 season.