Adam Depriest

Violin, Viola, Bass Teacher

Adam Depriest

SAA Member


Aiken, SC
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Adam DePriest is a conductor and violinist from Aiken, SC with a BM and two 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 made his solo debut on the violin at the age of 12 with the Augusta Symphony and has continued to be a sought-after performer who is well-versed with many experiences ranging from ensemble leadership to solo appearances to recording studio sessions. Additionally, Mr. DePriest began studying double bass at the age of 16 and made his solo double bass debut with the Augusta Symphony at 18 years old. Mr. DePriest regularly performs with his brothers as the DePriest Trio and actively performs with several regional professional orchestras including SC Philharmonic Orchestra and Augusta Symphony.

As an advocate for string education, Mr. DePriest is a regular guest clinician for orchestra festivals in SC. He teaches private lessons and directs after school programs in Columbia and Aiken, SC as well as in Augusta, GA. Mr. DePriest is currently an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at USC Aiken where he oversees string-related studies, teaching applied lessons and string methods, directs ensembles, and teaches music appreciation. Making a local impact, Mr. DePriest has helped to found, facilitate, and launch the strings program at Aiken Center for the Arts, Augusta Preparatory Day School, and Episcopal Day School (Augusta).

As a highly skilled and engaging conductor, Mr. DePriest carries an incredible background with him to the podium to invoke the best out of any ensemble that he directs. He consistently elevates these groups to achieve high levels of musicianship. Again making a local impact, Mr. DePriest is the director of the Aiken Youth Orchestras and is the founder and director of the Aiken Civic Orchestra.

Mr. DePriest has completed Suzuki teacher training courses with Terry Durbin, Linda Fiore, James Hutchins, Ann Montzka-Smelser, Mary Cay Neal, Doris Preucil, Ed Sprunger, and Betsy Stuen-Walker.