The American choral conductor and organist, Stephen P. Folkemer, has B.A. from Wittenberg University (1974) and from Berliner Kirchenmusikschule (1974-1975); M.S.M. from Wittenberg University (1976); M.Div., D.Min. from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (1980, 1988).
Stephen P. Folkemer has taught church music and served as music director at the Lutheran Theology Seminay at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania since 1979. He is now Associate Professor of Church Music and Seminary Cantor there. 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 Stephen P. 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. Among his works: Cantata for Two Organs - Oh That I Had A Thousand Voices and Two Organs, which he created in 2007 for for Christ Lutheran Church, Inner Harbor, Baltimore..