Brion Kennedy - Fine Arts Department Chair / Guitar Instructor
Earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Georgia, Mr. Kennedy studied under the guidance of renowned guitar educator John Sutherland. During his time at UGA, Mr. Kennedy also studied music composition under the tutelage of Dr. Adrian Childs. He is currently an owner of the Athens School of Music, where he previously taught, and Vogel Audio, a commercial music production and sound design company. Mr. Kennedy is a member of the National Association for Music Educators and the Guitar Foundation of America. He served as the Guitar Chair for the Georgia Music Educators Association from 2017 to 2019.
Mr. Kennedy began teaching at St. Pius X in the fall of 2010. In May of 2013, Mr. Kennedy received his Master's Degree in Secondary Education. He has served as the Fine Arts Department Chair since 2013. Mr. Kennedy received his Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership in May of 2018.
Dr. Nicolas Deuson - Guitar Instructor/ French Teacher
First prize winner in the Pacific Guitar Competition, and semifinalist in the Tokyo International Guitar Competition, Nic has performed for the Reinhardt University’s President’s College Series, the San Francisco’s Center for New Music, The Central Coast Guitar Series, Reinhardt Contemporary Arts Festival, Portland State University, Piedmont College, Bless this House Concert Series, the Theatrical Production of The Thief, the Madman, The Sautee-Nacoochee Arts Center concert series, the Harvest Home Concert series, the Church of the Holy Family Concert Series, The American Guitar Society, The G.Roger Bailey Concert Series, Young Harris College, Western Carolina University, Wayfarer Chapel Concerts, the CSU Bakersfield Series, and as a soloist with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra, The St. Pius Advanced Guitar Ensemble and The Atlanta Guitar Guild.
Nic completed his master's degree at The Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Jason Vieaux, and studied with Scott Tennant at The University of Southern California, where he obtained his doctorate in guitar performance and post-tonal analysis.
Aside from his duties as a performer, Nic is dedicated to the art of teaching, serving on the faculty of St. Pius X Catholic High School and has served on the faculty of Reinhardt University, CSU Channel Islands, Westmont College, and Agnes Scott College.