Contact/Conservatory Faculty

If you have any questions about our Conservatory, please contact:
Kenietha McRae, Director of Extracurricular Programs, at

Our Conservatory Faculty

violinAdam DePriest
Suzuki Violin, Double Bass
Adam DePriest is a conductor and violinist from Aiken, SC with BM and MM degrees from the University of South Carolina where he studied violin under William Terwilliger and Neil Casey and studied 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 directs the Senior Ensemble of the SSA and is the founder and director of the Aiken Civic Orchestra.

Jeannie Williams
APDS Music Director
Jeannie Williams graduated from Augusta University with a bachelor’s degree in music and a minor in psychology. Mrs. Williams has maintained a successful flute studio and has performed as a free-lance artist for over fourteen years. Her flute teachers were Jim Zeller and Robert Foster. Mrs. Williams has been the full-time Lower and Middle School music teacher at Augusta Prep for seven years.

Sara Eaton
Piano and Clarinet

Sara Eaton is a career musician and teacher. She has a Bachelor's of Music degree from the University of South Carolina with an emphasis in instrumental music education. Sara spent three years teaching middle school band in Richmond County Schools before moving on to Augusta Prep where she now directs the ever-growing band program. This is Ms. Eaton's sixth year at Prep and her third year teaching lessons through the Conservatory Program. She is qualified to teach lessons on piano, flute, as well as beginning level clarinet and alto saxophone. Outside of Prep, Ms. Eaton also teaches ballroom and Latin dancing at Ballroom in Motion. 

Jamie McAteer

Jamie M. McAteer started working at Augusta Prep in 2004. In his past experience, McAteer has toured with the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse Youth Theater out of Upstate New York. "Our team of actors went into classrooms all over the state performing plays and conducting workshops for grades K-12."

At Augusta Prep, he serves as the Director of Theater, overseeing all Upper School and Middle School productions grades 7-12. He also teaches performance and technical theater to the same grades. Jamie also has worked with the Lower School as a Conservatory teacher. It is important to him that he is a resource on Prep’s campus for all things theater no matter what grade you are in—LS, MS, and US.
"I am very passionate about fueling creativity among young people not only to make them outstanding actors and technicians in the field of theater - but more importantly - helping build their character. Theater makes you comfortable with yourself through building confidence. It also helps open your mind and form bonds with such a wide variety of personalities that hopefully helps one to be 100 percent accepting of all they encounter in the world."

Chad Cole
Lower School Art

Chad Cole started working at Augusta Prep in 2007.  Cole is a K-12 certified art educator in the state of Georgia and completed his teacher training at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. In addition to his work as an educator, he is a practicing studio artist with paintings in collections and galleries throughout the Southeastern United States.  Cole currently teaches kindergarten through 8th-grade art classes as a member of Augusta Prep's Fine Arts Department. He also provides individual and group instruction through the school's Conservatory Program. During the summer breaks, he offers art camps for children and adolescents in the community through Camp Cavalier.

 "Augusta Prep has great families and students. Our students are passionate about learning and consistently strive for excellence. Prep parents are extremely supportive of the school and committed to providing the best possible college-preparatory education for their children.  Prep educators work at a school with a strong, family-friendly community, and they are committed to growing happy, healthy, and successful students. Our teachers share a common goal of providing the highest quality academic programs in order to grow students who 1) approach challenges with perseverance and confidence, 2) engage the world with a balanced global awareness of cultures and technologies, and 3) demonstrate the necessary cognitive skills and interpersonal savvy to enable them to be successful in college and beyond. These qualities truly make Augusta Prep a great choice for education."

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