Lana's Mission is to experience and offer life-long music making through quality performance and teaching, while extending a genuine love and appreciation of music to the world.


Brief Biography

Dr. Lana Teko-Ahatefou is a freelance violist and teacher in the metropolitan Atlanta area.  She is in demand for adjudication, clinics and master classes in Metro Atlanta, at Valdosta State University and for the Alabama chapter of the American String Teachers Association.  An avid chamber musician and enthusiast, Lana coaches chamber music in June for At First Sight Chamber Music Workshop and performs with Sage String Quartet.

She began playing the violin as a sixth-grader in school orchestra and holds dear the encouragement of Kimbraly Grimes, her first significant teacher-mentor.  Her other influential teacher-mentors are Karen Clarke,the late Dr. Michael Allen, Sheryl Lowe, and Dr. Susan Dubois.

Upon completion of her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at Florida State University, she taught orchestra in the Cobb County School System for four years, completed a Masters of Music in Viola Performance at Georgia State University and a Doctors of Musical Arts in Viola Performance at the University of Alabama.

Dr. Teko-Ahatefou has maintained a private teaching studio and performed in regional symphony orchestras since 1998.  She currently resides in Tucker, GA with her husband and two children.  When not teaching, performing or doing research, she enjoys trail walking, running, Yoga and Pilates.

"Healthy Habits: A Prescription for Comprehensive Musicianship." Journal of the American Viola Society 27/1 (April 2011): 61-62.
"Influence of Occupational Socialization on Occupational Identity and the Perspectives and Practices of the Applied Teacher."  DMA diss., University of Alabama, 2013.