Skip Navigation

BSU News - Fine Arts


Senior music major at Bemidji State presents Oct. 16 degree recital

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sept. 30, 2011) — Bemidji State University senior Megan Sattler, a music composition major from Rugby, N.D., will present her senior recital on Saturday, Oct. 16.

“I began taking composition classes with Dr. Patrick Riley when I started [going to BSU], then I started to compose about a year and a half ago,” said Sattler, who transferred to Bemidji State in 2009. Sattler changed her major from music education to music composition shortly after taking a composition course.

Sattler’s recital features original pieces she has composed during her time at Bemidji State. Her compositions include a trumpet quintet; a trumpet solo with a piano accompaniment; a trio between a clarinet, a French horn and cello; and finally a piece that will serve as a dedication to all those affected by the spring 2011 flood in Minot, N.D.  A photo montage of flood photos will accompany that piece.

“It will be a kind of soundtrack to the pictures,” Sattler said.

Sattler will be accompanied by Dr. Erika Svanoe, assistant professor of music; Dr. Patrick Riley, an adjunct instructor in music; and Dr. Del Lyren, professor of music. Other students in the Department of Music will accompany, as well.

Sattler completed her coursework at Bemidji State during the spring semester; the recital will complete final requirement before graduating. Sattler’s future plans involve either a  continuation of her music education in graduate school; pursing a career in law; or expanding on her current role as a Certified Nursing Assistant to pursue a career in medicine.

For more information please contact Roxanne Lofthus in the Department of Music at (218) 755-2915.

About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.