Hierodeacon Herman was appointed the Chapel Music Director at St. Vladimir's in late April of 2010. His childhood and youth were spent immersed in the Anglo-Catholic liturgical and musical traditions, which led him to the study of organ and choral music at Westminster Choir College, in Princeton, New Jersey, where, in 1999, he was received into the Orthodox Church.
After completing his undergraduate studies, Fr. Herman enrolled at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Canaan, Pennsylvania, where he graduated with an M.Div. in 2005. The following two years he spent as the choir director and instructor in Liturgical Music and Liturgical Theology at St. Herman's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska. In 2007 Fr. Herman became a novice at the Monastery of St. John of San Francisco, in Manton, California. A year later he was tonsured a Rassophore-monk and ordained to the Holy Diaconate.
In the summer of 2009 Fr. Herman responded to the invitation of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, former primate of the Orthodox Church in America, to fulfill various obediences on the East Coast. In addition to his musical responsibilities at St. Vladimir's, he has also done editorial work for St. Tikhon's Monastery Press, has assisted in the music program at St. Tikhon's, and is enrolled as a part-time student in the M.Th. degree at St. Vladimir's. Father Herman took monastic vows and was tonsured to the Lesser Schema in September, 2011, at Three Hierarchs' Chapel at the Seminary.