Sara Simonovska was born in Kumanovo, Macedonia on June 14, 1994. Her father is a professional drum set player and from him she inherited her love of music. She started playing drum set at the age of four and at fifteen began studying classical percussion at “Ilija Nikolovski – Luj” in Skopje, Macedonia under percussion professor Zoran Spasovski. After studying there for two years, Sara received a full scholarship from the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Traverse City, Michigan. Here she studied under the percussionist John Alfieri and took master classes with Mojca Sedeu, Peter Erskine, Scott Pallegrom, Eric Schweikert, Clocks in Motion, SO Percussion, Ji Hye Jung, Jason Treuting, Michael Spiro etc. She graduated on Presidents List with Honors from Jacksonville University in 2014. Currently Sara is a second year Master student and Teaching Assistant at the University of Akron in Ohio, studying under Dr. Larry Snider and Mr. Matthew Dudack. Sara has performed in many places around United States such as Millennium Auditorium in Michigan, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and many others. She has also been seen as percussion performer all over Europe. Some of Sara’s accomplishments include: Special First Prize on French International Competition Les Cles D’or in Paris, Music Down Beat Winner in USA, and First Special Award at the International Chamber and Solo Music Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has also been awarded First Special Prize in a solo percussion competition, First Chamber Music Award, Second Award in a xylophone competition, and Second Award in a multiple percussion competition in Skopje, Macedonia. Sara intends to graduate with Masters in Music Percussion Performance from the University of Akron in OH,USA.
Sara spoke of her scholarship, saying: “This scholarship means a lot to me while pursuing my graduate degree at University of Akron. It helps me to contribute more into music and my further education and still be the unstoppable Macedonian.”