Janet Herman has a Ph.D. in Folkore from UCLA with training in oral history, narrative, and ethnomusicology. Dr. Herman is founder/director of Musical Lives, a project showcasing the life histories of senior musicians residing in Santa Cruz County. In 2006 she interviewed legendary Scottish violinists Buddy MacMaster and Theresa MacLellan for the Celtic Music Centre Archives in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and she has also conducted interviews with elder shape-note singers in northeast Alabama for the CD/booklet In Sweetest Union Join and been a volunteer interviewer with the Legacy Oral History Program at the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum. Most recently she traveled to the small Buddhist nation of Bhutan to document revered traditional singer Am Nimchu Pem (see Music of Bhutan Research Center). Formerly an interviewer for seniors seeking social services, Dr. Herman has conducted hundreds of interviews in many settings, and her warm and professional manner sets everyone at ease.


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