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Division of Music


Dianna Anderson

The Division of Music offers piano and organ study at variable credits. Students can pursue a keyboard major, minor, or concentration, or take lessons as a non-music major. In addition to private lessons, courses are offered in collaborative piano, pedagogy, and literature. Keyboardists can take part in many performance opportunities, including studio recitals, chamber music, collaborations with vocalists and instrumentalists, keyboard duet and duo ensembles, and jazz band. The keyboard area frequently hosts guest performers and masterclass clinicians. Recent guests include Paul Barnes, Alessio Bax, Gabriela Martinez, Jay Mauchley, Nariaki Suguira, and Geraldine Ong.

Kari Files Organ

Ann Nicole Nelson Hall boasts two Steinway D concert grand, a 1932 Kimball organ, Opus 7109, reinstalled in 2004 by the Reuter Organ Company, and a recently acquired concert harpsichord. Organists also have access to a two-rank Reuter practice organ.

Suzannah Miller: Senior Honors Concerto Competition Winner
The Keyboard Area of the Division of Music is pleased to announce that Suzannah Miller, senior organ major, recently won the Senior Honors Concerto Competition and will have the honor of performing Samuel Barber's Toccata Festiva with the Minot Symphony Orchestra March 7, 7:30 p.m. in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.

A native of Mandan, North Dakota, Suzannah Miller is a senior at Minot State University with a double major in music and chemistry. She grew up performing folk and traditional American music around the state and participating in historical reenactments with her family. At age six, she began learning piano from her mother, and at age ten, the two of them began weekly sessions on their church's organ. Suzannah began playing for services at her home congregation, St. Paul Lutheran Church of Bismarck, during her freshman year of high school, and still regularly serves as organist there. She continued to teach herself classical and sacred repertoire on organ and piano throughout high school. For the past four years, she has been a student of Kari Files and has also studied with Selmer Moen. She has soloed on organ with the Minot Community Band and the Brass Band of Minot and presented a master class on organ to students at the International Music Camp in July of 2014.

Suzannah is also an active percussionist, studying with Avis Veikley and playing in the MSU Symphonic Band and the Minot Symphony Orchestra. She has studied piano with Dr. Dianna Anderson.

In addition to her musical studies, Suzannah keeps busy with her chemistry major, performing research in the chemistry and math departments at MSU. She holds officer's positions in several student organizations and is enrolled in the Honors Program. She is very thankful for her supportive and patient family, and would particularly like to remember the person who most significantly influenced her passion for music and organ, her mother, who passed away last March.

Tickets for the Minot Symphony Orchestra concert may be purchased by calling the Symphony office at 701-858-4228.


Dr. Dianna Anderson, Assistant Professor
BM and MM, University of Idaho, DMA, University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music

Office: Main 114
(701) 858-3403
Kari Files, Instructor of Music
BA, BSE, MM, Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin

Briana Schwan, Instructor
BA, Minot State University

Phone: (701) 858-3185