D.M.E., Indiana University, 1997
M.A., University of Alabama, 1991
B.A., Paedagogische Hochschule Weingarten, Germany, 1988
Herzig teaches classes on the Music Industry, Creativity, Programming, and Community Arts Organizations. She is the co-founder of Jazz from Bloomington, a jazz society fostering exposure and education about Jazz, and currently serves on the board of the Jazz Education Network, the largest international jazz organization. Over the past seven years, she has booked and organized close to 40 concerts with internationally renowned artists and presented programs to thousands of elementary school children in South Central Indiana. Her jazz record label ACME Records is home to the jazz ensembles Monika Herzig Acoustic Project, Kwyjibo, Third Man, and BeebleBrox.
As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland’s Nighttown, Louisville’s Jazz Factory, the W.C.Handy Festival, Jazz in July in Bloomington and Cincinnati, Columbus’ Jazz & Rib Fest to name just a few. Groups under her leadership have toured Germany, Italy, and Japan, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more.
Awards, Honors & Certifications
- Outstanding Book Award for David Baker – A Legacy in Music, Association of University Presses, 2012
- Outstanding Thesis Award for Masters Thesis, University of Alabama
- Outstanding Student Award, University of Alabama 1990, 1991
- Down Beat Magazine Award for Best Original Composition, 1994
- Runner-up in WTPI Winterjazzfest with BeebleBrox, 1994, 1995
- Winner of WTPI Winterjazzfest with Oliver Nelson Jr. Quartet, 1996
- Billboard International Song Contest, Honorable Mention, 2006, 2007
Touring Jazz Pianist, Jazz History, Concert Promotion, Music Industry, Jazz Education, Music Entrepreneurship
"Come With Me," her second release for Owl Studios was released with in March 20122 and reached the Top 50 Jazz Charts. She has received her fourth “Individual Artist Grant” from the Indiana Arts Commission in support of her newest DVD project “When Silence Speaks” Her previous have received much praise. Thomas Garner from Garageradio.com writes, “I was totally awed by the fine musicianship throughout.” As a recipient of the 1994 Down Beat Magazine Award for her composition “Let’s Fool One” and with several "Big Band Arrangements" published with the University of Northern Colorado Press, Herzig has also gathered international recognition for her writing skills.
Herzig’s book project “David Baker – A Legacy in Music” was released in October 2011 and won an Outstanding Rating from the Association of American University Presses. She is currently collaborating with David Baker on a book project on Jam Sessions. Grants from the NEA, MEIEA, and New Frontiers have been awarded in support of both projects.
- 2011 David Baker – A Legacy in Music. Foreword by Quincy Jones, Contributions by Nathan Davis, JB Dyas, John Hasse, Willard Jenkins, Lissa May, Brent Wallarab, David Ward-Steinmann, IU Press; Bloomington, 2011.
Updated Touring Schedule/ Sound Files/ Videos at www.monikaherzig.com
- Come With Me (Owl Studios) 2011
- Peace on Earth (Owl Studios) 2009
- Imagine, Indiana in Music and Words (with Indiana Laureate Poet Norbert Krapf), 2007
- What Have You Gone and Done? 2007
- In Your Own Sweet Voice - A Tribute to Women Composers, 2005
- Melody with Harmony, 2003