CTS Announces New Leadership for
Music Department


(l-r) Kantor Kevin Hildebrand and
Associate Kantor Matthew Machemer

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTS)—Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne, Indiana, is pleased to announce that Kevin J. Hildebrand, formerly Associate Kantor at CTS, began his service as Kantor, on July 1. The change comes in response to the retirement of Kantor Richard C. Resch at the end of the 2013–2014 academic year. Hildebrand, who has served at CTS since 2002, will serve as director of the Seminary Kantorei and principal director of the Schola Cantorum. Hildebrand is widely known for his hymn playing and compositions, which have been published extensively by Concordia Publishing House (CPH) and MorningStar Music Publishers. He is the editor of Hymn Prelude Library from CPH, based upon the hymn tunes of the Lutheran Service Book (LSB).

Matthew A. Machemer has accepted the call to serve as Associate Kantor and will assume his new position at the end of July. Machemer, a 2007 music education graduate of Concordia University Chicago, currently serves as Kantor of Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartland, Michigan. He has also served parishes and schools elsewhere in Michigan and in Illinois. Machemer has numerous music publications to his name, in addition to several contributions to the Hymn Prelude Library.

“The tradition of excellent, Lutheran music for worship is strong at CTS,” said CTS President Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr. “I am confident that the leadership and talents of Kantors Hildebrand and Machemer will be an integral part of student formation at the seminary and an excellent educational resource for church workers and laypeople throughout The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.”