Songleader & Organizer | she/her
Sarina Partridge is a musician, song-leader, educator, and activist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She feels most alive when learning, creating, and sharing songs. Her role at MNIPL will focus on using community singing and songleading as a tool for engagement, embodiment, grounding, and connection—and bringing in her Jewish lineage and traditions. Singing in community can be a healing modality, an embodied spiritual practice to help folks develop a sense of wonder, belonging, interdependence, and hope.
Sarina has been a classroom educator for most of her adult life and brings a deep well of experience in community building to her facilitation of singing. Sharing our singing voices is vulnerable! And anytime we are sincerely vulnerable, there is a beautiful opportunity for growth, learning, and connection. This is true in an elementary school classroom, at a protest, and within the walls of a faith or spiritual community.
In addition to her work at MNIPL, Sarina leads community singing events and workshops, teaches harmony singing classes for adults, leads a community choir, and performs and tours with multiple ensembles. She was recently awarded the Emerging Composer Award through the American Composers Forum for her work inspired by time spent in wild places, and will be recording a studio album of these "Songs to Re-Root and Remember." Learn more about Sarina's work as a songleader, composer, and performer on her website and listen to some of her original music on bandcamp.
Song is such a powerful medium, often transcending spoken language. When endless facts detailing the crises of our era can leave us overwhelmed and unmoved, unsure of how and where to act, perhaps through singing, we can find our way back to embodiment and empowerment, back to being beautifully beholden to the whole—and motivated by our undeniable connection to fiercely protect the world we all share.
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