Shase Hernandez is a Southern California based composer and graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a B.M. in composition. While pursuing his studies in composition he was awarded with a merit-based scholarship each semester. His primary teachers in composition have included Dr. Adriana Verdié and Dr. Carolyn Bremer. He has also had the pleasure of studying piano with Mark Uranker and clarinet with Arnel Ignacio and Dr. Lea Steffens.
He is notable for his text settings and his recent endeavor, in collaboration with baritone Steve Berlanga, “The Obencore Cycle,” has been praised and performed in numerous concerts and recitals. The success of this cycle has served as an impetus into the exploration and writing of larger vocal works including his current collaboration with violinist/librettist Kaija Hansen in the production of a new opera in three acts, for Steve Berlanga. As a composer Shase is most fond of the collaborative aspects and sincerely enjoys working with the musicians around him. It is this desire to collaborate that has spurred his desire to endeavor into the writing of an opera. He believes that one of the most beautiful aspects of music is the human aspect and the realization that each performance will be different. It is not uncommon for Shase to incorporate the "mistakes" musicians make into his music!
Although Shase specializes in contemporary chamber and solo music he has a firm understanding and appreciation of the importance of wind bands in the education of young music students. As a result he has always strived to write music for the wind band that is interesting and fun while attempting to maintain the artistic interest of all those involved.
When not composing he often finds himself teaching piano and clarinet or fulfilling his passion in the art of music copying. Copyist work has had a special place in Shase’s heart as an art in itself. He has worked with copying small musical examples for papers as well as working closely with composers on creating finished copies of their works and offering professionally copied, printed, and bound scores. Shase also harvests a healthy interest in cultural anthropology (not necessarily just the musical aspects) and is often inspired by the cultures and peoples that he learns about.