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Founder & Executive Programming Director, ComMUSICation
St. Paul, Minnesota      

A native of the Twin Cities, Sara Zanussi has a postgraduate certificate from New England Conservatory and a B.A. in Music from Luther College, where she studied piano and voice, and is currently working on her Master’s in Comparative International Development Education at the University of Minnesota. She founded ComMUSICation in 2013 and serves as the Executive Programming Director as it enters its 3rd year. She has also served on the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Community Arts grant panel for two years. She served on the first Northern Voice Festival’s Advisory Board and has presented at nationwide and state conferences including ChorusAmerica and Minnesota Music Educator’s Association. 

Sara's ensemble experience spans three continents: Chile, Tanzania, and the US. She was an Umoja Music School fellow and assistant program coordinator in Arusha, Tanzania in 2010 where she taught voice and piano and implemented music classes in Tanzanian schools. She has also served as an accompanist for several churches, students, and events. She presented her published undergraduate thesis Music Is Worth More than 99 Cents: Mapuche Music and Cosmovisión at the 2010 National Conference for Undergraduate Research. 

Sara has teaching experience of over 10 years with her award-winning business, Z's Keys and extensive youth development experience with youth from all backgrounds.