Leland B. Sateren

1974 F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award

Leland B. Sateren (1913-2007)

Leland B. Sateren is Emeritus Professor of Music and director of the Augsburg Choir. As a longtime member of the American Choral Directors Association, Minnesota Composers Forum, and the Hymn Society of America, he is esteemed as a major contributor to the musical culture of America. Dr. Sateren is the first recipient of the F. Melius Christiansen Choral Award, which is presented at the annual Fall Convention of ACDA of Minnesota.

Mr. Sateren was educated at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota, and has continued his education by researching choral literature in Europe where he observed and studied 14 choirs. His sabbatical research was on the subject of choral music on the college and university level.

He was the director of Sateren Choral Workshops both here and abroad, a member of the Lutheran Hymnbook Commission, and the founder/director of The Sateren Choir which toured Norway in 1988, to name a few of his notable accomplishments.

Sateren is a prolific composer with many commissioned works to his credit. He has over 300 published choral works, several collections, books, monographs, articles for professional journals, and hymn arrangements. He has translated from Norwegian to English, together with W. H. Halverson, the books Edvard Grieg--The Man and the Artist (1988), and A History of Norwegian Music (1990).