Fine Arts Conservatory

The Augusta Preparatory Day School Conservatory Program
The Augusta Prep Conservatory Program believes that music, art and dance belongs to everyone. We eagerly welcome students of all skill levels and ages - both young and old, accomplished and beginner - to explore, pursue, and strengthen their artistic interests. Our Private Lesson and Group Instruction Offerings are open to all students in the CSRA. The Knox Music Suite, an acoustically-designed facility, boasts four practice rooms and two classrooms that accommodate private and group music instruction of the highest quality in the Augusta area.

The Conservatory Program attracts and utilizes the finest teaching artists in our local professional music and performing arts community. The exceptional faculty recognizes and enjoys the promise of young musicians and performing artists as well as guiding the advanced skills of more experienced musicians. Every expert member in the Conservatory Program has at least an undergraduate degree in Music or Art Education and teaching experience.

For details about our 2016-2017 Offerings, please click on the "Group Instruction" or "Private Lesson" tabs above.


If you have further questions please contact our Director of Extracurricular Programs at 706-434-2550.

Conservatory Director
Amber Cornett
Director of Extracurricular Programs
Conservatory Faculty
Stephanie's Dancers
Dance – Tap and Jazz
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.   

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Adam 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.

Carl Purdy
Violin, Viola, Guitar Mandolin, Banjo
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)
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
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

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 Theatre 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 Theatre, overseeing all Upper School and Middle School productions grades 7-12.  He also teaches performance and technical theatre 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 theatre no matter what grade you are in—LS, MS, and US.

"I am very passionate about fueling creativity amongst young people not only to make them outstanding actors and technicians in the field of theatre - but more importantly - helping build their character. Theatre 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