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 violin, viola, cello, and bass lessons in the CSRA for the last 14 years, after teaching two years at the Georgia Southern pre-college strings program and starting a couple of small studios between Augusta and Statesboro in her free time. She has taught preschool music classes and recently served as the teacher for the Heritage Academy strings program for seven years. She is now Executive Director of Suzuki Strings of Augusta, Inc. She is married with four children, the two oldest also play violin in SSA, the third should be getting a real violin before his fourth birthday.