Our Director

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 has received additional conducting training from Grant Cooper, Peter Jaffe, Jorge Mester, and Neil Thompson.

Aiken Civic Orchestra Director - Adam DePriest Aiken Civic Orchestra Director – Adam DePriest[/caption]Receiving his start at an early age with Joanne Stanford, 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 and recording studio sessions. Additionally, Mr. DePriest began studying double bass at the age of 16 with Pam Dutch and made his solo double bass debut with the Augusta Symphony at 18 years old. Mr. DePriest 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 strings programs at Aiken Center for the Arts, Augusta Preparatory Day School, and Episcopal Day School (Augusta). Mr. DePriest has also helped to coordinate educational outreach initiatives with Aiken Symphony Orchestra and the Joye in Aiken festival. During the pandemic of 2020, Mr. DePriest founded the Aiken Chamber Music Series as an effort to engage musicians and audiences in a creative way “beyond the podium.”

As an engaging conductor, Mr. DePriest has worked with ensembles for 15 years. He consistently elevates these groups to achieve high levels of musicianship, sparking continued growth, motivation, and providing a visible community presence and source of pride. Continuing to make a hometown impact, Mr. DePriest is the founder and director of Augusta Virtuosi and Aiken Civic Orchestra.