In 1987, the pedagogical institute in Weingarten, Germany awarded a scholarship for a one-year
exchange program at the University of Alabama to one of their students, jazz pianist Monika Herzig.
Together with her partner and guitarist Peter Kienle, she arrived in the States on a one-way ticket, with
one suitcase of belongings and one guitar in August 1988.
Since then she has completed her Doctorate in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Indiana University,
where she is now a faculty member. 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