Faculty and Staff

Christopher D 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 eighteenth-century Pennsylvania. He was the baritone in the critically acclaimed ensemble New York Polyphony for a decade. He 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 


DMA 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



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

“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

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

Presser Music Award
The Juilliard School

USArtists International Grant
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation


A New Album Re-Creates The Work Of The 1st Known Female 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
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
Roomful of Teeth
Teatro Arriaga Antzokia

A Voyage to Paris
WPU Voice Faculty
William Paterson University

New York Polyphony 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

Fellowships, Grants and Research

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

Winterthur Research Fellowship

Notable Courses Taught

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

172 Shea Center

By appointment