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Athena So

Athena So

  • She/Her
  • Biography

    Athena So is a Toronto-based music director, pianist, and arts educator who is well-versed in all musical theatre and classical genres.

    Athena began her musical journey as a classical pianist, training extensively through the Royal Conservatory of Music, as well as studying classical piano and conducting at York University. While completing her degrees in Bachelor of Fine Arts (Spec. Hon. Music) and Bachelor of Education, her passion for musical theatre bloomed. Athena immersed herself in the musical theatre world, first, as an accompanist, collaborating with artists and vocalists in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, at cabarets and in orchestral pits, transitioning into the world of music direction shortly after. Since then, she has served as the music director and conductor/pianist in several regional productions within Toronto. In July of 2019, Athena co-founded On Its Way Musical Productions, a theatre company striving to provide young professional artists with the opportunity to create impactful musical theatre through engaging talents in all mediums, and continues her roles as one of the company’s producers and resident music director. Athena’s musical influences revolve around composers including Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Sondheim, and Pasek and Paul. What truly drives Athena’s passion is telling a story through her music, whether that be through her music direction or piano accompaniment. Select credits include: Next to Normal (Music Director/Co-Producer), Shrek the Musical (Music Director), My Favorite Year (Music Director), VCP Show Choir (Assistant Music Director/Rehearsal Pianist), 9 to 5 (Keyboard 2), Little Women (Keyboard 2), Faraway Cabaret Series’ “All Girl Band” Cabaret (Accompanist), Casted, Cast Me & Miscast Cabaret (Music Director/Accompanist), Diva Night Cabaret (Accompanist).

    Professional Experience

    • Regional
    • Concerts/Cabaret
    • Education


    • Canada

    Interested in touring?

    • Yes

    Maestra Expertise

    • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
    • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
    • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
    • Music Director/Conductor (Baton)
    • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
    • Music Assistant
    • Orchestrator
    • Vocal Arranger
    • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
    • Music Copyist
    • Music Transcriber
    • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
    • Audition Pianist
    • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
    • Rehearsal Pianist
    • Voice Teacher (Private Studio)
    • Voice Teacher (Educational Institution)

    Primary Instruments

    • Piano
    • Synth - keyboards


    • Finale
    • GarageBand
    • Logic

    Person of Color?

    • Yes