Hierodeacon Herman (Majkrzak) is the Chapel Choir Director and Lecturer in Liturgical Music at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, New York, a position he has held since 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 as a rassophore-monk and ordained to the Holy Diaconate.
In the summer of 2009, Fr. Herman was transferred to New York and began to study and work at St. Vladimir’s. In addition to his teaching responsibilities there, he edits the liturgical publications of St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press. Father Herman took monastic vows and was tonsured by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah to the Lesser Schema in September, 2011, at Three Hierarchs’ Chapel at St. Vladimir’s.