Faculty and Staff

Christopher Herbert

Professor • Department of Music

Christopher Dylan Herbert (baritone) performs frequently throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and is a two-time GRAMMY® nominee. He has soloed with The San Francisco Symphony and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performed Ginastera centennial celebrations with International Contemporary Ensemble and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and consistently presents Winterize – an outdoor adaptation of Winterreise with transistor radios. He holds a B.A. in Music from Yale University, an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, and D.M.A. in Voice from The Juilliard School. His current research focus is on the music of the eighteenth-century Ephrata Cloister of Pennsylvania. He is the baritone in the critically acclaimed ensemble New York Polyphony and is the head of the voice program at William Paterson University.

Professional Interests

Music, Musicology, Classical Vocal Performance, Colonial History, Pennsylvania History

French  Arabic  Italian  German 

Degrees

Other Voice, The Juilliard School New York, NY

BA Music and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Yale University New Haven, CT

MA Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University Cambridge, MA

Specialization

Music

Representative Publications


The Sounds of Ephrata: Developing a Research Methodology to Catalog and Study Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Pennsylvanian Music Manuscripts; , Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association; Volume 76, 2019
https://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/page/Notes


“Rose=Lilie=Blume Sequence,” from Das Gesäng der einsamen und verlassenen Turtel=Taube. ; Ephrata Cloister Associates; 2018


A Sweet “Bitter-Sweet” Find in an Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvanian Music Manuscript; Library of Congress; 2019
https://blogs.loc.gov/music/2019/05/a-sweet-bitter-sweet-find-in-an-eighteenth-century-pennsylvanian-music-manuscript/

Representative Presentations


Authorship at the Ephrata Cloister
Ephrata Cloister History Course Ephrata Cloister
Ephrata, PA 2020


Ensemble Singing Pedagogy
NATS-NYC Season Opening Meeting NATS-NYC
New York, NY 2019


Master Class with New York Polyphony
Eastman School of Music
Rochester, NY 2018

Awards and Honors

Center for Creative Activity & Research Grant
College of Arts and Communications - William Paterson University
06/01/2018

Presser Music Award
The Juilliard School
03/01/2017

USArtists International Grant
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
07/01/2018

Media

A New Album Re-Creates The Work Of The 1st Known Female Composers In America
https://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2020/07/24/894685706/a-new-album-recreates-the-work-of-the-first-known-women-composers-in-america
Interview discussing the Music of the Ephrata Cloister and the album Voices in the Wilderness

At Ephrata, women composers may have been America’s first
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/faith-religion/2020/03/01/Ephrata-Cloister-Christopher-Herbert-Earliest-known-American-women-composers/stories/202003010022
Interview with Peter Smith regarding my research on the music of the Ephrata Cloister, including America's first female composers.

Performances and Exhibits

KOPERNIKUS by Claude Vivier
Opera
Roomful of Teeth
Teatro Arriaga Antzokia

A Voyage to Paris
Performance
WPU Voice Faculty
William Paterson University

New York Polyphony Performance
Performance
New York Polyphony
Landesmuseum Würtemberg

Creative Work Review

Carmina Burana with Trinity Wall Street, New York
Internet/Social Media

Desire by Hannah Lash at the Miller Theatre, New York
Internet/Social Media

Desire by Hannah Lash at the Miller Theatre, New York
Newspaper

Fellowships, Grants and Research

Translation and musical transcription of the Zionitischer Weyrauchs-Hügel, an eighteenth-century Pennsylvanian hymnal
Grant

Winterthur Research Fellowship
Fellowship

Notable Courses Taught

Opera Workshop, Vocal Literature, Applied Voice, Chamber Music, Performance of Musical Theatre and Operetta, Honors Thesis

172 Shea Center

By appointment