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Paul J. Satre Named TIU Alumnus of the Year

Trinity CommunicationsNovember 19, 2017

The Alumni Office of Trinity International University named Paul J. Satre (’72) the 2017 Alumnus of the Year.

Satre received his award during a chapel service on Oct. 18 on the Deerfield campus.

He earned his bachelor’s degree cum laude from Trinity, and later completed the master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees from Chicago’s American Conservatory of Music.

As a conductor, Satre has performed with collegiate choirs throughout the United States and overseas. While on the faculty at Trinity, he taught courses in music theory, conducting, piano, composition, church music and jazz. His 21 years of teaching included classes at the undergraduate level and at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Other duties at Trinity included university organist and conductor of the college’s Concert Choir. Satre conducted his final choral performances before retirement at the University’s commencement services in May.

Satre will continue to serve as organist at The Moody Church in Chicago, a post he has held since 1979.

He looks forward to staying connected via social media with former students during his retirement years.

“One goal is to pursue more publication of the arrangements I’ve written over the last 21 years for the Concert Choir,” Satre said. “I will continue my position as organist at Moody Church and in my work with a local community choir.”

“We congratulate Paul Satre for his years of faithful service to Trinity students,” Trinity President David S. Dockery said. “We wish him well in his retirement, and look forward to welcoming him back to campus as a frequent visitor in the years to come.”

Satre lives in Elgin with his wife Joy, who works as an elementary school teacher.

A fundraising drive is underway for the purchase of a concert piano in honor of Satre. The Steinway D grand piano would rest in the ATO Chapel for use in recitals, concerts, and worship at the heart of the Deerfield campus. The campaign seeks to raise $150,000, with gifts and pledges spanning three years. An online giving option for the Paul Satre Grand Piano Fund is available at

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