Athena Sferas teaches bassoon in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. She enjoys working with students of all ages, particularly teaching proper embouchure/air control to young children. Ahtena is passionate about the power of music education and in giving back to the community. She volunteered in the Colburn School’s community outreach program, Musical Encounter, visiting Title I elementary schools to perform and speak with 4th and 5th grade students. Additionally, she volunteered as an assistant to Dr. Wendy Mazon, teaching beginning music classes to children at the William Grant Still Art Center during the summers. She was recently promoted to the position of clarinet teacher at the William Grant Still Arts Center, and took on 3 classes with ages ranging from 3-12. She also enjoyed volunteering for the LA Opera’s community opera productions, which are made free to the public.
Athena Sferas began playing bassoon in 2010 with Krista Wodelet and then continued with Sara Hiner in 2012. In 2013 she was awarded the Herbert Zipper Scholarship at the Colburn School’s Community School of Performing Arts. Through the support of the scholarship, she was able to continue her bassoon studies bassoon with Sara Hiner, and enrolled in music theory classes with Kathy Sawada and orchestral conducting with Maxim Eshkenazy. Athena also played in both the Colburn Youth Orchestra directed by Maxim Eshkenazy and the Honors Woodwind Quintet coached by Karen Lundgren, two of the school’s most elite groups for wind students. As a part of these ensembles she performed on multiple occasions on the radio broadcast, Sundays Live at LACMA. In addition to Colburn, Athena played bassoon in Hamilton High School’s Wind Ensemble, and in the pit orchestra for the school’s production of the musical, Beauty and the Beast. Athena also participated in the jazz program at Hamilton High School, playing baritone saxophone in the Big Band.
She had performed regularly in Colburn’s Friday Night Recitals and School Recitals, and was placed on the Honors Recital in 2017. In addition to the Herbert Zipper Scholarship, Athena has also been awarded scholarships from Idyllwild Arts to participate in their 2015 and 2017 summer programs. In the summer of 2016, Athena was awarded a scholarship to travel with the Colburn Youth Orchestra on their inaugural tour, performing in Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, and Munich. And she was awarded the Norman Pattiz Scholarship from her high school towards her college education.
Athena graduated from Hamilton High School with academic honors and currently attends USC’s Thornton School of Music, where she studies with Judith Farmer and majors in bassoon performance.