As owner of String Essence, Athena has dedicated her life’s work to developing new and modern teaching techniques to promote a creative and fun music education experience in a positive atmosphere; as well as providing unique community workshops and performances.
Athena Schreur was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. The day she picked up her first viola, she began her classical studies and was later influenced by jazz, pop, world folk and Celtic music accumulating over 27 years. While attending the Las Vegas Summer Music Festival and cultivating many stylistic skills and ensemble experiences with renowned musicians and conductors from around she world, she realized that music would be her full time job.
Athena brings a dynamic finesse to her performance. She has performed with such notable stars such as Andrea Bocceli, Smokey Robinson, and Wayne Newton just to name a few. Athena’s many experiences as a freelance musician has led her to become an event specialist, skilled in creating music arrangements for any mix of string instrumentation.
Athena has been teaching: the violin and viola for over 23 years. And in combination over the last 10 years she has continued honing her skills and teaching the piano, contrabass, cello, guitar, ukulele, and autoharp. Athena found her talent for teaching from wanting to share her love and passion for music and the joy it brings when music is shared together. Athena uses a refreshing mix of materials to help students connect with the language of music, in a unique and modern approach unlike anyone else in Alaska.
Currently residing in Palmer, Alaska. Athena is teaching, composing, and performing live as often as possible. She has recently arranged a wide spectrum of compilations for Violin and Guitar Duets and continues to expand her repertoire on a daily basis. Athena’s sheet music is for sale online at Sheet Music Plus.
WHY THE NAME STRING ESSENCE?
- It’s about introducing classical music in a creative light to Greater Alaska, with a modern approach in music performance and education.
- To share musical offerings throughout Alaska, in an effort to keep the music alive respectively as a performance art, and preserving music education as a language.
- Sign up today for group lessons and start making music with others in the community, there are no boundaries of style in the creative process. Ages 5 to adult and seniors welcome!
- The fine art of music performance promotes a mixed culture and belongs in everyday life, music is part of who we are, get involved!