Athena Music and Leadership Camp

EMPOWERING YOUNG WOMEN THROUGH MUSIC

DR. ZANDRA BELL-MCROY, Camp Director

~Director of Bands, Cedar Shoals HS, Athens (GA)

~Degrees from the University of Georgia


JUANA ALZAGA, Conductor

All-Girls Orchestra
~Associate Conductor, Emory Junior Chamber Orchestra
~Former Orchestra Director, Paideia School
~Received training from the Juilliard Conductor's Institute


DR. TONYA MITCHELL-SPRADLIN, Conductor

All-Girls Band

~Associate Director of Bands, University of South Carolina

​~New Music Editor for the Women Band Director's International Journal
~Served as Drum Major of the Indiana University Marching Hundred
~Degrees from Indiana University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Kansas

DR. PAULA KRUPICZEWICZ
~Orchestra Director, Cobb County Schools (GA)
​~Performer, Georgia Symphony, Macon Symphony, and Rome Symphony
​~Degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Akron, and Western Michigan University​


NIVEK ANDERSON
~Orchestra Director, Atlanta Public Schools (GA)
~Performer and Founder, East West Strings
​~Degrees and Certifications from the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, and Anderson University


MICHELLE GIBSON 

~Band Director, DeKalb County Schools (GA)
​~Degree from the University of Georgia with additional studies at the University of Florida


TARA BYRDSONG
~Band DIrector, Cobb County Schools (GA)
​~Degrees from University of Missouri - Kansas City and Converse College​

DR. ELLIE JENKINS
~Associate Professor of Music, Dalton State College
​~Artist Affiliate, Berry College
~Performer, Carroll Symphony, Rome Symphony, and Chamber Players of the South
~Degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Miami

HOLLIE PRITCHARD
~Adjunct Professor, Mercer University and Reinhardt University
~​​Member, Midtown Brass Quintet, Georgia Brass Band, and Savannah Philharmonic
~Degree from Georgia State University with additional studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music


MICHELLE RICKARD
~Ret. Band Director, Cobb County Schools (GA)
~Adjunct Professor, Reinhardt University
~Served as clarinetist and bagpiper in the Strategic Air Command Band (Nebraska) and the Band of the Air Force Reserve (Georgia)
~Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha


LISA SAYRE
~Adjunct Professor, Reinhardt University
​​~Degrees from Louisiana State University


ROSE WILMOT
~Band Director, Walton County Schools (GA)
~Degree from the University of Georgia


PAULA WILLIAMS
~Percussion Director, Pope High School (GA)
​~Music Director, High Meadows School (GA)
​~Degrees from Full Sail University and Georgia State University