David Herman

January 25, 2013

David Herman is Trustees Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music and University Organist at the University of Delaware where he served as chair of the Department of Music from 1987 to 2001.  Prior to this he was professor of music and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Drake University.  A native of Pennsylvania, he earned degrees from Wittenberg University, the University of Michigan and the University of Kansas.  In 2006 he was awarded an Established Artist Fellowship by the Delaware Arts Council, with which he studied and recorded music by Hugo Distler and Jan Bender.  In 2007 the Episcopal seminary Nashotah House awarded him the degree Doctor of Music, honoris causa, for his contributions to the field of church music.

Dr. Herman is the author of The Life and Work of Jan Bender as well as numerous articles and reviews for professional journals. His compositions and editions have appeared in the catalogues of seven American publishers. He has served on the faculties of five Pipe Organ Encounters, sponsored annually by the American Guild of Organists, and spoke at the AGO Region III Convention in Washington on Recruiting and Teaching the New Organist.  His presentation The Organ Works of Samuel Wesley was featured at the 2004 AGO National Convention in Los Angeles. 

Dr. Herman has been active as a church musician for more than 50 years.  He is also a recitalist, having performed in the United States and abroad: throughout Germany and Scotland, and in Dublin.  He has performed in London (St. Michael’s Cornhill, St. Lawrence Jewry and the Temple Church), the Oxford Town Hall and in eleven English and Welsh cathedrals as well as London’s four historic cathedral foundations: St. Paul’s, Westminster and Southwark Cathedrals and Westminster Abbey.   He also performs on the carillon, having achieved Carillonneur status in the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America in 1971.  His recording of organ works by Samuel Wesley at Coventry Cathedral was released in 2003 on the Redcliffe (UK) label and his CD of the University of Delaware’s Dobson organ, Great Mixture!, was released in 2006.  A New Song, a recording of choral and organ works by his teacher Jan Bender and Bender’s teacher, Hugo Distler, was released in 2012.

David Herman and his wife, Lauri, have two daughters and three grandchildren.

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