Inspired by working with Boston Children’s Chorus, Venezuelan El Sistema children’s choirs and her time teaching in Tanzania, Sara Zanussi [Sistema Fellow '13] returned home to the Twin Cities with a mission: to bring people from all walks of life together to share their own stories through choral excellence. The El Sistema philosophy is a global phenomenon that uses excellence of the music ensemble to develop a transferrable set of life skills that fosters good teachers, leaders, citizens, and musicians.
During the Sistema fellowship at New England Conservatory, Sara discovered her strong passion for choral excellence and realized the lack of diversity in the Minnesota choral landscape. Upon graduating from the Sistema Fellowship at New England Conservatory, Sara returned home to learn there were no secular youth choirs in St. Paul. Furthermore, many of the families in the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood, the MN model of Harlem Children’s Zone, struggle with the barriers of transportation and cost many afterschool programs require.
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