Sara Zanussi has a B.A. in Music from Luther College, where she studied piano and voice. She dabbles in acoustic guitar. Her ensemble experience spans three continents with The Stillwater Choir directed by Dr. Erik Christiansen; Pontificat Católica University's Coro Femenino de Cámara (in Valparaíso, Chile); Luther College's Collegiate Chorale directed by Dr. Tim Peter; Makumira University's African Ensemble in Arusha, Tanzania; and Sweet Adelines’ City of Lakes Chorus. She has directed community choirs both in Tanzania and in Decorah, Iowa. She has taught and accompanied for the past ten years with her business, Z's Keys (www.zskeys.com), that won two entreprenuerial awards for her Skype lessons program.

Sara studied in Valparaiso, Chile where she also researched her undergraduate thesis, "Music is Worth More Than 99 Cents: Mapuche Music and Cosmovisión," published in the National Conference of Undergraduate Research Proceedings in 2010.

She was an Umoja Music School fellow and assistant program coordinator in Arusha, Tanzania where she taught voice and piano and facilitated fourth through sixth grade music classes at Tanzanian schools.

This fall, she co-founded the El Sistema-inspired Advocates for Community through Musical Excellence (ACME) in Minneapolis, MN, where she is the Development Director.


IT'S LIKE AN ACT OF MURDER; YOU PLAY WITH INTENT TO COMMIT SOMETHING. DUKE ELLINGTON