Kevin Hildebrand ’95 never thought he would serve The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod at one of its seminaries. He attributes his success to his studies at Concordia University Chicago. “I am thankful for the opportunities and experiences that my Concordia classes, professors and peers provided to help equip me for this work.”
With his degree in elementary education and music in hand, Hildebrand served seven years as a teacher and musician at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Clinton Township, Michigan. While there, he earned a master’s degree in music from the University of Michigan and became acquainted with the Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he went on to earn a master’s in theology.
Today Hildebrand is the Associate Kantor at the seminary. His responsibilities include playing organ, directing choirs, teaching men preparing to be pastors, and instructing church musicians from around the nation during seminary workshops and conferences. He also teaches the children’s choirs at the seminary and at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
In addition to teaching, Hildebrand serves as the general editor of the Concordia Hymn Prelude Library series. This series is a 12-volume collection of organ preludes including every hymn tune in the Lutheran Service Book published by Concordia Publishing House. “It is quite a role reversal to be the editor of a project where I review the compositions from well-known composers like Carl Schalk HS ’48, ’52 and former professor Steve Wente ’75, MCM ’76,” remarks Hildebrand. “My study at Concordia laid the groundwork for this kind of editorial project. In this role, I will help provide a great deal of practical music for churches for many years across the country and world.”