Being from Minnesota, also known as “the land of 10,000 choirs” – and taking to heart Dr. Abreu’s advice to “do what I know best” – I knew I had to start a Sistema-inspired choral program in my home state after graduation. After two months of extensive community mapping, I partnered with a charter school, the local music conservatory, the public schools, and the Promise Neighborhood, and ComMUSICation was founded – a program about community, music, and education that uses music as the language to communicate.
Our mission is to empower all youth with life-long skills through musicking and building community. This involves a great deal of time, dedication, rigor, frequent community performances, an ensemble focus, and it’s made accessible to all youth in the community...
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Sara Zanussi, Sistema Fellow '13