Dr. Myra Rhoden is the founder of the Athena Music and Leadership Camp (athenacamp.com), an all-girls music program created to promote musical excellence while emphasizing leadership skills. She also serves as the Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chairperson at Fayette County High School (GA). Rhoden frequently serves as a guest conductor for state, regional, and university honor bands and is honored to have presented sessions at The Midwest Clinic, various national, state and regional conferences, and for school systems and professional development clinics throughout the United States and Canada.
A native of Tuskegee, Alabama, Dr. Rhoden was named the NAfME 2018 National Band Director of the Year, has been awarded the Outstanding Service to Music Award from Tau Beta Sigma, the Golden Rose Award from Women Band Directors International, multiple Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association, and has been named STAR Teacher and Teacher of the Year. She had the distinct pleasure of being a guest conductor for the United States Army Field Band of Washington, D. C. and the Tara Winds of Atlanta, Georgia. She is honored to be a member of the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, serves as a Conn Selmer Educational Clinician and was elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in 2023. She holds degrees from the University of Alabama and the University of Southern Mississippi and resides in Fayetteville, Georgia with her husband, Errol Jr. Their son, Errol III, is a freelance musician based in Los Angeles.
Our experienced instructors are passionate about teaching and have a wealth of knowledge to share. Whether you're a beginner or advanced musician, our team is dedicated to helping you improve your musical and leadership skills.
The Athena Camp faculty consists of highly successful, professional women who teach band, orchestra, and private music lessons at the elementary, middle & high school, and college levels. Many faculty members have been with us since the camp's inception in 2008. Learn more about our talented faculty members who have taught master classes and chamber music at Athena Camps throughout the country:
DR. ZANDRA BELL-MCROY - Athena Camp Director
ASIA LLOYD - Band Director, DeKalb County (GA)
MICHELLE RICKARD - Ret. Band Director, Cobb County Schools (GA); Adjunct Professor, Reinhardt University
LISA SAYRE - Adjunct Professor, Reinhardt University (GA); Former Performer, US Air Force Band of Flight
SARKINO WALKER - Band Director, Fulton County Schools (GA)
ASHLEY GODBEE - Band Director, Perry MS (GA)
DR. ELLIE JENKINS - Associate Professor of Music, Dalton State College; Artist Affiliate, Berry College (GA)
HOLLIE PRITCHARD; Adjunct Professor, Mercer University and Reinhardt University (GA); Performer, Midtown Brass Quintet, Georgia Brass Band, and Savannah Philharmonic
PAULA WILLIAMS - Band Director, Ron Clark Academy (GA)