Matthew Herman holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition from Temple University. Previous degrees were earned at Bowling Green State University and The College of Wooster. His teachers have included Samuel Adler, Jack Gallagher, Matthew Greenbaum, Marilyn Shrude and Maurice Wright. Dr. Herman’s first orchestral composition, The War Prayer, was featured on a 1998 concert of “Young and Emerging Composers” by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Since then, his compositions have been performed throughout the United States and in Europe.
Dr. Herman has served on the faculties of Temple University, West Chester University, and Shenandoah Conservatory, earning numerous awards and accolades for his music theory courses. As a researcher, Dr. Herman has publicly presented his work on Dmitri Shostakovich and Vincent D’Indy, and served as editor-in-chief of the New Elson’s Pocket Music Dictionary in 2009.