Labor Day String Festival 2014
The Labor Day String Festival was a fun and busy day! Students and parents, many new to FP,… [more]
Final Concert Photos!
Wow! What an amazing concert! For those unlucky folks who missed the chamber music extravaganza,… [more]
Outreach Concerts About to Begin!
The chamber groups are hard at work getting ready for the upcoming outreach concerts, which… [more]
Student wins ASO Composition Contest!
Franklin Pond student, cellist and composer, Mason Johnston has just won the 2014 Atlanta… [more]
July 1, 2014: Franklin Pond Quartet concert
Tuesday, July 1, 7:30 in Barnwell Chapel. The Franklin Pond Quartet will open the concert… [more]
We are excited about our upcoming Franklin Pond Fall Into Spring program.
**Applications still accepted**September 10: Application deadline for our Fall into Spring program which takes place during the school year.
Teachers and Directors, please read!
From Ronda Respess:
We are still accepting applications for our Fall Into Spring program IN YOUR COMMUNITY.*
It was brought to my attention today that many people do not understand how our Fall Into Spring program works. It is VERY different from our well-known Summer program and much more flexible. After students audition, we put them in groups and assign a coach that matches the personality of the group. When deciding on groups and coaches we take into consideration the part of town students live in, along with their level of ability. The group and the coach then decide WHEN and WHERE the rehearsals and coaching sessions will be. They could be at a student’s house, a church, a school, after a youth orchestra rehearsal, etc. They are NOT at the Pond (unless arranged) during this program. We can also form advanced string groups including bass, clarinet, oboe, and harp.
We do have two masterclasses and a final concert for the year when everyone gets together, one of them being MLK Day along with the Teachers’ Workshop as we did last year. For that class we have Melissa Kraut from Cleveland Institute of Music coming.
We would also love to enroll groups from one school and work with them so they could be featured at their school and be well-prepared to play at school functions. There are 8-10 coaching sessions planned for the full school year, October through the beginning of May, and groups are required to have at least one rehearsal between coaching sessions. With this method of organization, we are not limited to a set number of groups and will try to place everyone who applies, providing we have students that fit together well in a group.
*We have a ½ year program, especially for juniors and seniors who can’t do it the whole year.
SO……the more students that apply, the more chance they can be put in a group in their community. It is a great activity for friends who are in the same school or live in the same area. Please pass this on to your students and don’t let them miss this opportunity! Scholarships are available.
What’s Happening at FPCM
The Franklin Pond Quartet has been busy lately, playing concerts around Georgia. We are so very lucky to have a faculty of musicians (9 of them) who are beautiful performing musicians as well as caring and awesome mentors. September 4: Concert at Berry College, Rome, … [Read More...]
The Labor Day String Festival was a fun and busy day! Students and parents, many new to FP, were treated to a performance by the Shostakovich (ie. Gaggle) Quartet and learned about our many different programs. Then the students broke into audition excerpt groups where they … [Read More...]
Wow! What an amazing concert! For those unlucky folks who missed the chamber music extravaganza, the Franklin Pond summer session concluded its season yesterday at Kellett Chapel with a stellar performance. It was a magnificent finale to terrific summer. There will be more … [Read More...]
Franklin Pond students and faculty have been busy in the last two weeks! They have played six Community Concerts all over the Atlanta area. Two of the quartets performed for about 180 students of the Upbeat! Camps, held at three public schools. There were also concerts at … [Read More...]
Nick Curry, master cellist and teacher from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, worked hard with our students last Monday. He coached the Ravel Quartet and ran an energetic masterclass, hearing all our groups. Sunday evening he worked with … [Read More...]
Many thanks to the wonderful Vega String Quartet for working with the students today! It was a terrific day at Emory's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The students had a full day of coaching and rehearsals—just before the first outreach concerts kick off. Here are a … [Read More...]
The chamber groups are hard at work getting ready for the upcoming outreach concerts, which get underway this Tuesday, July 15. Here are a few shots of "The Gaggle Quartet"' preparing for their two outreach concerts on Tuesday. But that is not all that is happening this … [Read More...]
We were privileged to have the Franklin Pond students take a Master Class with the ASO’s Principal Cello, Christopher Rex. Mr. Rex joined the ASO as Principal in 1979, the same year in which he became the first cellist ever to win the string prize in the biennial Young … [Read More...]
Hot off the press! Even the students have not seen these photos. Enjoy! … [Read More...]
Here are photos from mid-week--including photos from the wonderful concert by the college students and our very own Franklin Pond Quartet! … [Read More...]
Although the students have seen some of these photos, parents have not. Enjoy these photos from the early days of our retreat at Berry College. … [Read More...]