Born of Polish descent in 1945 in Detroit, he is a graduate of the School of Music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He continued his studies in choral conducting at Westminster Choir College with Robert Shaw, and in orchestral conducting at the Berkshire Music Institute in Tanglewood with Seiji Ozawa and Kurt Masur. He served as Director of Music at several Roman Catholic parishes in Detroit.
Having settled in Poland in 1974, he initally worked as Director of Music at the American School of Warsaw, subsequently developing a career as guest conductor with the Polish National Opera in Warsaw, Teatr Rozrywki in Chorzów and numerous symphony orchestras, including the Warsaw Philharmonic.
In 1990, he founded the Cantores Minores Choir of St John’s Archcathedral in Warsaw.
Thanks to a grant from Ars Musica Polonia in Los Angeles, he has done extensive research into the life and music of the Polish composer and pianist Zygmunt Stojowski (1870-1946). Herter’s ”Zygmunt Stojowski: Life and Music” was published by the Polish Music Center at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2007.
He has received awards and distinctions from the Polish Ministry of Culture, the Polish Singers Alliance of America, the Polish Union of Choirs and Orchestras, and the Polish Senate.