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If you have any questions about our Conservatory, please contact:
Amber Cornett, Director of Extracurricular Programs, at amber.cornett@augustaprep.org.


Our Conservatory Faculty

Stephanie's Dancers
Dance – Tap and Jazz
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Stephanie’s Dancers offers professional instruction in a well-organized, clean, fun, and safe environment. Our goal is to see that each child receives quality instruction regardless of his or her ability. Lesson plans allow practice time to capitalize on the instruction being given. The lesson plan includes warm-up, review and practice of previous taught skills, learning new skills, warm-down, and evaluation. Tasks are appropriate to each level so students feel challenged, but not overwhelmed. The tasks are modified within the group for students who are ready to move on and for those who are having difficulty completing skills. The result is student success and satisfaction. Each student has the opportunity to develop to his or her fullest potential.
To learn more about Stephanie’s Dancers, please visit: www.stephaniesdancers.com

violinAdam DePriest
Suzuki Violin, Double Bass
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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.

Carl Purdy
Violin, Viola, Guitar Mandolin, Banjo
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Carl Purdy attended New England Conservatory of Music where he earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in performance. He was the principal violist of the La Crosse Symphony in Wisconsin before moving to Georgia in 1986 for the position of Principal Viola with the Augusta Symphony, a position he held for 24 years. Mr. Purdy was professor of viola and guitar at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro Ga. for 18 years where he was in residence with the Magellan String Quartet. Mr. Purdy is now on the faculty at Georgia Regents University where he teaches viola, violin, Chamber music and Humanities. A versatile musician, he has recorded and toured internationally on the viola, jazz violin, recorder, classical guitar, and folk guitar. As a composer, Mr. Purdy’s compositions have been performed by the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, the Augusta Choral Society, the Magellan String Quartet, and the Sand Hills String Band. His composition Benji the Banjo was recently published as a children’s book with accompanying musical CD. He is also the director of the Sand Hills String Band an ensemble he started in 2009 that is sponsored by the conservatory program of Georgia Regents University. Mr. Purdy’s interest in Irish and Celtic music has led him to teach courses through GRU for two successful study abroad tours to Ireland with a third scheduled for this coming summer in 2014. In addition to the many folk instruments Mr. Purdy plays, he took on the task of learning the Highland bagpipes two years ago. His many performances as a piper at the GRU Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre and with area ensembles and churches have distinguished him as one of Augusta’s most formidable bagpipers.

Jeannie Williams
Music Director (LS & MS)
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Jeannie Williams graduated from Georgia Regent’s University: Augusta 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
Band Director – Piano and Clarinet
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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. 

Natasha Choe
Voice  
Natasha Choe holds a Bachelor’s degree in both Music Education and Music Performance, with Concentration in Voice.  Ms. Choe utilizes technology to efficiently further academic objectives; recording sessions with her students in particular.  Among all of the educational endeavors, she greatly enjoys orchestrating concerts with her students.  She has been dedicated to her professional career in music for over ten years and performance has always been a big part of the musical journey. Ms. Choe is known among her students, parents, and colleagues as an educational role model who goes above and beyond in her teachings to enrich the lives of others. 

Jamie McAteer
Theater
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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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