“I have never met a musician more passionate about choral music and what it can do for both singers and listeners, than Marjorie Herman,” Warland said. “I had occasion to be a part of one of her broadcasts and will never forget how pleasant she made the entire experience, the integrity that she demonstrated throughout, and the total success that resulted from her creative ideas.”
The “Sounds Choral” 10th Anniversary Celebration on May 3 will feature James Jordan, Senior Professor at Westminster Choir College and noted author, as co-host. Jordan and Herman will share excerpts from several programs centering on pivotal musical events at Westminster, which will include special guests Ryan Brandau, Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica; Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Litton-Lodal Music Director of the American Boychoir; Lynnel Jenkins, Artistic Director of the Princeton Girlchoir; and Craig Hella Johnson, founder of the noted ensemble, Conspirare from Austin, Texas.
There will be a special appearance by members of the American Boychoir, as well as excerpts from listeners’ favorite programs, such as “Minister of Music: A Birthday Celebration for Robert Shaw,” “Viva La Femme: Five Centuries of Choral Music by Female Composers,” “Cultivating the Future: The Young People’s Chorus of New York City,” “A Lot of Night Music: The Mozart Vespers Settings,” and “Ain’a That Good News: A History of the American Spiritual.”
Herman received the Doctor of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., and has taught at the university and community levels for many years. Currently the music director for the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Princeton, she has served on the conducting/teaching faculties of the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Maryland/Baltimore County, and on the graduate faculty of Georgian Court University.
Herman is currently on the summer faculty at Westminster Choir College, where she teaches beginning conducting. Herman also lectures on various topics related to choral music and choral singing, including a workshop for Harmonium Choral Society in Madison, NJ on synergy in the choral experience, and a lecture on the Duruflé Requiem for the 2009 Princeton Festival Choral Workshop, led by Simon Carrington. In 2014, she gave a pre-concert talk for Princeton Pro Musica entitled “Johannes Brahms: Classicist or Romantic.”
The “Sounds Choral” 10th Anniversary Celebration will be broadcast May 3, live, at 1 p.m. on WWFM The Classical Network. Located on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, WWFM is New Jersey’s only 24-hour classical music station. The station can be heard at 89.1 FM throughout Central New Jersey, in Philadelphia on 89.5 HD2, in New York on 89.9 HD2, and streaming live at wwfm.org. Radio frequencies for your listening area can be found at wwfm.org.
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