David Herman was appointed Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Delaware in 1987. Prior to this he served for fifteen years at Drake University, as professor of organ and church music and Associate Dean for Fine Arts. He is also the organist at the Newark (Delaware) United Methodist Church.
A native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Dr. Herman began his study of music there with Frederick A. Snell. He graduated from Wittenberg University where he studied organ with E.F. Blackmer and Frederick Jackisch and composition with Jan Bender. He received the degree Master of Music from the University of Michigan; his teachers included Robert Glasgow (organ) and Percival Price (carillon). In 1974 he was awarded the degree Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas where he was a pupil of James Moeser (organ) and Albert Gerken (carillon). During a sabbatical leave in 1980 he studied in England with the late Lady Jeans, concentrating on the performance of early English choral and organ literature.
An active recitalist, Dr. Herman has performed on many of the significant organs and carillons of North America, Britain, and Germany. In 1982 he presented seven recitals in Germany as the only American guest in the Nordelbische International Orgelkonzerte series. His concert series in the summer of 1987 included recitals in Germany (two of them in Berlin), and concluded with a performance at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. In 1989 and 1992 he played recitals in English and Welsh cathedrals (Ely, Bristol, Newcastle, Southwark, Canterbury, Coventry, Bangor, St. Asaph's, Westminster Abbey) and in Dublin.
Dr. Herman is active in the American Guild of Organists and was a member of the committee responsible for the 1993 Region III Convention. In the summer of 1995 he served on the faculty of the AGO's Pipe Organ Encounter in Philadelphia. He currently serves as Coordinator for Professional Concerns for AGO's Region III. He is the author of The Life and Work of Jan Bender (Chantry Music Press, 1979) and his choral and organ works are included in the catalogues of five American publishers.
Dr. Herman has membership in the College Music Society, Music Educators National Conference, American Guild of Organists, the Royal School of Church Music, the Incorporated Association of Organists and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Dr. Herman and his wife, Lauri, have two daughters.