Adam DePriest is a conductor and violinist from Aiken, SC holding BM and MM degrees from the University of South Carolina where he studied violin under William Terwilliger and Neil Casey, double bass under Craig Butterfield, and conducting under Donald Portnoy. Mr. DePriest teaches in Columbia and Aiken, SC as well as in Augusta, GA where he specializes as a Suzuki teacher for the Suzuki Strings of Augusta (SSA) and he directs extracurricular Suzuki violin programs at Heritage Academy, Augusta Preparatory Day School, and Episcopal Day School. As an active violinist, Mr. DePriest regularly performs with his brothers as the DePriest Trio and performs with the SC Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra Augusta. He is also an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at USC-Aiken and is the founder and director of the Aiken Civic Orchestra.
Joan Johnson began studying the violin in the fourth grade with a traditional teacher. She was very fortunate to have a school district with a strong music program. A full orchestra was offered throughout her junior and senior high school years. She was also able to participate in the All City Orchestra on Saturday mornings, the All Southern California Orchestra,as well as the All Western MENC Orchestra. Music camp in the mountains was a very special part of her summers for six years. Joan then attended The University of California at Long Beach and graduated with a B.S. in Business Education with a Minor in Music. After moving to Augusta Georgia she became a member of The Augusta Symphony for over ten years. She became involved with the Suzuki Method through friends in the symphony. She have been teaching with The Suzuki Strings of Augusta since Lois Akins began the group in the seventies. She have attended institutes and workshops and has enjoyed watching her children learn as well.
Gwen Jenkins has taught with Suzuki Strings of Augusta for almost twenty years, serving the group for the last seven as the executive director. She began her teaching career at Georgia Southern University after growing up in Suzuki Strings of Augusta and continuing her education at the University of Georgia. She has also taught pre-school music and helped to grow a successful Suzuki program at Heritage Academy in Augusta. She is the homeschooling mother of five children, the oldest three who are also members of Suzuki Strings.