Jonathan DePriest is a strings teacher with the Charleston County School District and currently directs the CE Williams Middle School Orchestra & Guitar programs, and the West Ashley High School Orchestra Program. A native of Aiken, SC, Jonathan attended the University of South Carolina School of Music in Columbia where he received a Bachelor of Music and Performance Certificate. During his time at USC, he was a member of the USC Symphony, USC String Project, and USC Community Music Program. Jonathan has an extensive Suzuki background through the Suzuki Strings of Augusta, is trained in the Mark O’Connor method, and is a member of the National Association for Music Education. He performs with the North Charleston Pops Orchestra and the Beaufort Symphony. Jonathan coordinates the CCSD District Orchestras, maintains a private studio, performs with his brothers as the DePriest Trio, and plays for many weddings and events throughout the low country. Jonathan also fiddles with a variety of local blues, bluegrass, country, and rock bands. He enjoys spending his free time with his dog Jack, boating and fishing, and hunting.
Rachel Krautsack is a strings teacher with the Charleston County School District and currently directs the Elementary Orchestra programs in James Island & West Ashley. Rachel graduated with a Bachelors of Music Education from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory in Berea, Ohio where she studied violin with Dr. Julian Ross and Annie Fullard. Rachel conducted both of Baldwin Wallace’s Outreach Youth Orchestras and worked with the New Horizons Orchestra, which is an ensemble for adults wanting to learn string instruments. At Baldwin Wallace University, Rachel performed in the Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra, the Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra, and in opera pits for Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Puccini’s La Bohème. Rachel has performed in master classes for Takako Masame, Annie Fullard and the Cavani Quartet, and has been coached by Daniel McKelway and Regina Mushabac. Rachel keeps busy with a private studio of violin, viola and cello students in West Ashley. When she is not teaching, she enjoys watching Buffalo Sabres Hockey, bike riding and yoga.