Dr. Lana Teko-Ahatefou : Viola

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 Strings.

Dr. Teko-Ahatefou began playing the violin as a sixth-grader in school orchestra and holds dear the encouragement of Kimbraly Grimes, her first significant teacher-mentor.  Under viola study with Dr. Susan Dubois of The University of North Texas, she became acquainted with Karen Tuttle’s ‘Coordination’ techniques; bringing profound insight to Lana’s teaching and performing style. Her other influential teacher-mentors include Karen Clarke and the late Dr. Michael Allen.

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 completed her 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 sons.  When not teaching, performing or doing research, Lana is homeschool mom to her sons and enjoys trail walking with her family


"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.