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The ATHENA HONOR BAND (AHB) will showcase promising 7th-12th grade young women from around the globe. Directors must nominate students for the event. (Nominations for 2023 are now closed.)
This unique virtual event will include clinics and workshops with our renowned Athena faculty and will provide supplementary music and leadership opportunities for our promising young women. Selected musicians will:
CONGRATULATIONS! During our Athena Honor Band live sessions, you will connect and learn from young women and professional musicians throughout North America for a uniquely fun and energizing Athena experience! BE EMPOWERED!
All Live Sessions are at 7pm-8:30pm ET/ 4pm to 5:30pm PT. Although live participation is expected, we understand that a musician may need to miss a session due to extreme circumstances. A participant unable to logon for a live session is encouraged to view the session (link will be sent) and submit recordings, as needed.
Middle and high school-aged girls in grades 7-12 are eligible to be nominated.
Students should be a second-year musician or higher (completed at least one year of band or private lessons). We understand that, due to circumstances beyond your control, deserving young ladies may not be currently enrolled in class. We trust the directors to nominate qualified students regardless of class enrollment status.
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion.
Selected young ladies will need a computer or mobile device, webcam capabilities, and a quiet place to connect. Earphones are a plus, but are not required for the live sessions. Earphones will be needed for the recording. Once accepted, we will notify you via email with instructions on how to access sessions and required materials.
Band Directors may nominate up to 20 outstanding young ladies from their program for the Athena Honor Band.
Are you an interested student? Speak with your band or private teacher about a nomination. Have questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin
Pennsylvania State University
Erin Cole Steele
Conn Selmer Division of Education
Athena virtual program participants have connected and made friendships with young women throughout North America.
"I would totally recommend it! I met so many other people and heard all types of perspectives! It was very inspiring, and empowering! :)"
"It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. Everyone was so nice and I will never forget y’all!!!"
"I was pretty skeptical joining, but my band director insisted that I give it a try. I attended the very first session and I absolutely loved it!! I got to bond with girls from different states (and Canada, too, I believe), and I got to play songs outside of the school band! It's definitely a game changer and really helped me improve. I 100% recommend this to girls. It's empowering and you get to hang out with other beautiful ladies."
"This experience was both encouraging and empowering, I enjoyed every second of this Band. Everyone was a wonderful positive influence and I really will never forget this."
"Athena was a really great experience for me. I really loved it. I met a lot of new people and made new friends. Everyone I met was so helpful and so kind. The music was fun to record. The open mic night was amazing because we could hear everyone play their instruments and show everyone's talent. I would definitely join Athena again."
"When I attended my first Athena meeting, I was super nervous and I wasn't sure what it would be like. By the end, I couldn't wait to join the sessions and see what I would learn each time. I loved getting to spend time with my Muse and I learned so much from her! I am so glad that I got to be a part of this amazing experience!"
"My experience at Athena was truly incredible. The sessions of leadership and empowerment were inspirational, and the clinic teachers for each instrument were so kind and helpful! I would definitely come back and do this again."
Aitkin High School-Minnesota-Chris Halvorson
Akin Road Elementary School-Minnesota-Tara Michlitsch
Allatoona High School-Georgia-Cecelia Clark
Arabia Mountain High School-Georgia-Monica Fogg
Ashley Ridge High School-South Carolina-Benjamin Pouncey
Bair Middle School-Florida-Corey Curtis
Baker High School-Louisiana-William Earvin
Baltimore School for the Arts-Maryland-Anoa Green
Beaufort Middle School-South Carolina-Amanda Trimpey
Bennett's Mill Middle School-Georgia-Kevin Anderson
Bennett's Mill Middle School-Georgia-Savannah Cole
Borough School-New Jersey-Rachel Sousa
Brooke Point High School-Virginia-Leah Miller
Cedar Shoals High School-Georgia-Zandra Bell-McRoy
Cedar Shoals High School-Georgia-Rebecca Floyd
Central Memorial High School-Alberta, Canada-Katrina Archer
Central Memorial High School-Alberta, Canada-Adam Mailman
Chamblee Middle School-Georgia-Corey Hagans
Chapel Hill Middle School-Georgia-Kelley Johnson
Clear Creek Middle School-Georgia-Holly Kinsey
Community House Middle School-North Carolina-Kati Shives
Concordia Jr/Sr High School-Nebraska-Peter Klemp
Cottonwood Creek School-California-Jasper Tran
D.A.T.E. Academy-Georgia-Jamie Smith
Delay Middle School-Texas-David Desoto
Denison High School-Texas-Melissa Lewis
Denmark High School-Georgia-Kayla Poor
Dodge Middle School-Minnesota-Tara Michlitsch
Dublin High School-Georgia-Marcus Rayner
E.W. Pratt High School-Alberta, Canada-Michael Gouge
East Cobb Middle School-Georgia-Gregory Denson
Eastside High School-Georgia-Alan-Fowler
Ecole McTavish High School-Alberta, Canada-Ashley Brockway
Elite Scholars Academy-Georgia-Ann Musco
Farmington High School-Minnesota-Erin Holmes
Fayette County High School-Georgia-Patti Davis
Fayette County High School-Georgia-Myra Rhoden and Andrew McMillen
Flat Rock Middle School-Georgia-Angelia Davis
Friendship Collegiate Academy-Delaware-Jennifer Thompson
Gaylord High School-Michigan-Aaron Hotelling
Hafa Adai Academy-Hawaii-Chadwick Kamei
Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School-South Carolina-Christina Randall
HB Woodlawn-Virginia-Carl Holmquist
High Meadows School-Georgia-Paula Williams
Homeschool-New York-Jennifer Thielacker
Horizon Elementary School-Florida-Corey Curtis
Islands High School-Georgia-Emily Graham
James S. Rickards High School-Florida-Jeremy George
Joseph Widmer Elementary-California-Laura Agostini
Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School-Arizona-Arlie DuPlessis
Lithonia High School-Georgia-Michael Lloyd
Loganville Middle School-Georgia-Darvin McRoy
Madison Senior high-Illinois-Bernard-Long
Maine South High School-Illinois-David-Hutter
Maine South High School-Illinois-Matthew Nix
Malcom Bridge Middle School-Georgia-Wesley York
Marietta High School-Georgia-Robbie Bowie
Martha E. Stilwell School of the Arts-Georgia-Derrick Jackson
Milam Elementary School-Mississippi-Cooper Haywood
Monroe County Middle School-Georgia-Elise Allen
North Cobb High School-Georgia-Sheldon Frazier
North Cobb High School-Georgia-Paula Krupiczewicz
North Oconee High School-Georgia-J. Scott Smith
Oswego High School-Illinois-Stephanie San Roman-Kevin Schoenbach
Park Crossing High School-Alabama-Glenn Eichelberger
Pebblebrook High School-Georgia-Nivek Anderson
Pickens Junior High School-Georgia-Andrew Smith
Pope High School-Georgia-Matthew Bo Sodders
Prairie River Junior High School-Alberta, Canada-Michael Gouge
Princeton Middle School-Minnesota-Matthew Pham
Princeton Middle School-Minnesota-Brenda Sherman
Roland Michener Secondary School-Alberta, Canada-Jasmine Gaskell
Saint Louis Park High School-Minnesota-Lara Dietrich
Sedgefield Middle School-North Carolina-Demeka Kimpson
Sequoyah High School-Georgia-Casey Eubanks
Sierra High School-California-Rick Hammarstrom
Southwest Dekalb High School-Georgia-James Seda
St. Louis Park Middle School-Minnesota-Roy Pienaar
Stephenson High School-Georgia-Quentin Goins
Strong Rock Christian School-Georgia-Roy Denton
Tucker High School-Georgia-Marie Douglas
Tupelo High School-Mississippi-Richard Murphy
Walnut Grove High School-Georgia-Rose Wilmot Foo
Weston Ranch High School-California-Elyce Gleason
Whitewater High School-Georgia-Darilyn Esterline
Whitney Young Magnet High School-Illinois-Michael Mascari
Registration is now open for all locations.