Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Occupation: High school student
Connection to Balkan music/dance: My parents are originally from the region, so we listen to Balkan music of various genres all the time. My mom is from Montengro [Podgorica and Ulqini]; dad grew up in Croatia [Zagreb]. They lived in Sarajevo and Belgrade as well. I play in my school orchestra, ISO [Interschool Orchestras of New York], Brooklyn Conservatory…
Number of times at Balkan camp: I’ve been few days at the camp, but this was my first full week. I loved it all! New friends, young, teachers (Sarah [Ferholt], Ray [Ranic]), Demiran [Ćerimović]!
Studied at camp: Čoček Nation; tamburica and all. I hope to learn tapan.
Memorable moment at camp: The auction was so fun! I loved the watermelon soccer! Demiran is a great soccer player, as well as a fantastic trumpet player. My teachers, Sarah, Ray, Aaron [Kisslinger] are so very kind and patient. Met many new friends. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I can’t wait for next year.