A Hymn Festival

Singing For Eternity

Featuring texts by author Katie Schuermann with musical settings by Dr. Timothy Shewmaker

OCTOBER 24, 2021 | 4:00 PM


Join the author and composer at 3:00 PM in the student commons of University Lutheran Church for a pre-festival talk about the collaborative process of writing and composing.

Parking Information: University Lutheran Church (green circle) has a very small parking lot on site. Visitors may also park for free on Sundays in university parking lots at the southwest corner of 6th and Chalmers (blue arrow and circle) and west of 6th St. (red arrow and circle). Enter the church via the front entrance inside the gate or the sanctuary doors.

Mrs. Katie Schuermann is a full-time homemaker, a part-time church musician, and a seasonal writer. Her nonfiction books, He Remembers the Barren (LL 2011; 2nd ed., EP 2017), Pew Sisters (CPH, 2013), and He Restores My Soul (EP, 2018), address the topic of suffering and the theology of the cross for the benefit of her sisters in Christ. 

Her acclaimed Anthems of Zion fiction series, including House of Living Stones (CPH, 2014), The Choir Immortal (CPH, 2015), and The Harvest Raise (CPH, 2017), tells the story of Emily Duke, a choir director from the big city who moves to a small town in Illinois to direct the local church choir.

Schuermann was given an Award of Merit from the Associated Church Press for her journalistic work on the feature article, “A Light in the Darkness,” in the September/October 2013 issue of Lutherans Engage the World, and her debut novel, House of Living Stones, was a 2015 Christy Award finalist under the category of First Novel. Most recently, her hymn text, “Open Wide the Chapel Doors,” was chosen as the winner of the 175th Anniversary hymn competition of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Dr. Timothy Shewmaker serves as Cantor and organist at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School in Dallas, Texas, where he directs all music ensembles, plays the organ, and teaches elementary music at Our Redeemer Lutheran School.

As a concert organist, he has appeared on the Bachstravaganza program with TCU and the Fort Worth Orchestra and was a solo performer at the 2015 regional conference of the American Guild of Organists in Fort Worth. In 2012, he took first prize and the prize for hymn playing excellence at the William C. Hall Organ Competition in San Antonio.

Timothy’s organ preludes are included in the Concordia Hymn Prelude Series from Concordia Publishing House. He enjoys writing original settings of psalms and hymns for worship.