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, Burton Beerman, Richard Brodhead, Wallace DePue, Jack Gallagher, Matthew Greenbaum, Marilyn Shrude and Maurice Wright. He has also participated in master classes with Claude Baker, Don Freund, Karel Husa, Gunther Schuller, and Jan van der Roost.
Dr. Herman's first orchestral composition, "The War Prayer," was featured on a 1998 concert of "Young and Emerging Composers" by the Cleveland Chamber Sym phony. Since then, his compositions have been performed throughout the United States and in Europe. Recent performances include the premiere of his Bassoon Sonata at the International Double Reed Conference, the premiere of his oboe sonata at Carnegie Hall, and a performance of his choral anthem "A Field Afar" on a WVIA television special of the same name.
Dr. Herman has earned numerous accolades for his teaching of music theory and com position, including the prestigious Stimson Carrow Tribute Award at Temple University. West Chester University named him an Outstanding Educator of the Year three times in five years. Dr. Herman is currently on the faculty of Temple University.