The Rev. Dr. Stephen P. Folkemer
Professor of Church Music and Seminary Cantor
Dr. Folkemer has taught church music and served as music director at the Seminary since 1979. He has original music compositions published by Augsburg Fortress, Concordia, Morningstar Music Publishers, and G.I.A. He is the founder and director of the Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg, a choral ensemble specializing in European sacred music of the 16th through 18th centuries. Preparing pastors and church musicians to use effectively the gift of music in parish ministry remains his primary focus. Dr. Folkemer has been a parish pastor and church musician in a variety of congregational settings.
Some of Dr. Folkemer's arrangements of hymns may be heard on the live CD recording of Hymns of History and Hope, a 2001 hymn festival performed by the Schola Cantorum and Seminary choirs in honor of the 175th anniversary of the Seminary.
Education: B.A., Wittenberg University, 1974
Berliner Kirchenmusikschule, 1974-75
M.S.M., Wittenberg University, 1976
M.Div., Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, 1980
D.Min., Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, 1988
Publications: Cantata for Two Organs - Oh That I Had A Thousand Voices and Two Organs