Porwoll-Lee, Sarah


Sarah Porwoll-Lee joined the MacPhail faculty in 2015 teaching clarinet. She has over ten years experience in music education, teaching clarinet, theory and history at Shell Lake Arts Center. She has been on faculty at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and guest faculty at University of Minnesota.

Sarah enjoys working with students of all ages and levels. She seeks to encourage the development of fundamental skills and knowledge of repertoire, grow students’ confidence as musicians and people, and encourage a lifelong passion for music. Her individualized lessons focus on each student’s needs and goals.

Sarah is an active performer in Minnesota and across the Midwest, primarily as a soloist and collaborator, but also as a substitute with various orchestras across Minnesota, and as an improviser. Her notable performances and collaborators include the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, Zeitgeist, Wayzata Symphony Orchestra and Spitting Image Collective. Her solo and chamber music album, History Is Going to Change was released in November 2015. She has received several prestigious grants and awards, including the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and the MacPhail Artist Development Grant.

Sarah holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Clarinet Performance from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a Master’s of Music in Clarinet Performance from University of Minnesota.

“Supportive, knows when to push and when to let a teenage boy figure things out on his own.” –MacPhail Parent

“She has a wonderful connection with students that is accompanied by high standards teaching.” –MacPhail Parent

Sarah Porwoll-Lee, clarinetist & educator