Matthew Machemer is associate kantor at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. At the Seminary he directs several choirs, works with instrumentalists, assists in worship planning for the chapel, is organist for regular chapel services and special events, and serves as an instructor for various courses. In addition, he serves as instructor for the summer organist workshops and assists in the planning and administration of the Seminary’s annual Good Shepherd Institute. Machemer is also the adult choir director for St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne and is a member of the Worship and Spiritual Care Committee for the Indiana District of the LCMS.
Machemer attended Concordia University Chicago (River Forest), graduating in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education; emphasizing in choral music. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Church Music from Concordia University Wisconsin as well as a Masters in Theology from Concordia Theological Seminary. He has studied organ with Dr. Steven Wente, Dr. James Freese, Mr. Wayne Petersen and Mr. Robert Hobby. Before joining the staff at the Seminary, Matthew served as a full-time church musician and music educator for parishes in Michigan and Illinois.
In addition to his duties at the seminary Kantor Machemer also is a published composer, with works available through Concordia Publishing House and Liturgy Solutions. He has also presented on various musical and theological topics at various conferences, has been interviewed on KFUO radio and has served as Kantor for the Synod’s DOXOLOGY program.