Fall Into Spring Finale Concert
Sunday, May 6
3:00 PM
Kellett Chapel
Peachtree Presbyterian Church

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Competition Concert 2

Reunion in Paris

Ronda met up with two Franklin Pond alums in Paris! Chris Dalton and Grayson Fuller have been there for over two years.

Chris Dalton (2005) graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston and started traveling around the world, working in one place and learning the language and culture, while earning the money to travel somewhere else (with his viola of course!)). He has always had a global mindset and speaks about seven languages, Unfortunately, the evening of his Paris arrival, he was caught in the Paris nightclub shootings. He was sitting at the cafe and saved his life only because he crawled behind the bar when the shooting started. He did get shot in the foot with a lot of shrapnel lodged in his legs and right hand. He spent a long time in the hospital and is still, 2+ years later, getting treatment. Since then he has become a French citizen with dual citizenship. Despite his bad luck start, he still loves Paris and is hoping to be able to play viola again soon.

Grayson Fuller (2010) graduated from Harvard in Latin American Studies, but ended up in Paris for a work and school opportunity.  He says he is  “working in sustainable development, which is basically development that doesn’t impede future generations’ livelihood – practically speaking it’s like a mix between public policy and international affairs. I was doing a masters here as well before I started working. In Paris I’ve been playing with my school’s orchestra for the last two years.” Grayson still loves playing chamber music which he did throughout his Harvard years.

Franklin Pond Alums with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Josiah Coe (2005, 2006) has been subbing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the viola section. There have been several Franklin Pond alums who have played with the orchestra.

Sarah Park (2002, 2003) is a regular after playing a wonderful audition a few years ago, and Patrick Shelc (2006, 2007), Lee Sheehan (2005), and Jim Larson (2004) have all subbed.

Kudos, Pinder Brothers!

Matthew Pinder (2012, 2014) — 2nd year at College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) as the Class of 2020 Brooks Music Scholar, also a member of the Honors College.
This summer, Matthew is attending Yellow Barn Young Artists Program in Putney, Vermont in June. He will be attending as a composition student. He is also attending DeCoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute in New York this July, as a pianist.

James Pinder (2012) — 4th year at GA Tech as a Music Technology major. James is currently working part time as the organist at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church in Peachtree Corners, GA, and is also a consultant for the organ installation at their new church which will be completed this fall.

Board Member Anne Lester

The musical world of Atlanta will miss our board member emeritus Anne Lester who passed away Easter Sunday morning (“in time”, said Bill Britt at her funeral, “to sing the Hallelujah Chorus with the angels”). Anne was a staunch supporter of classical music. She served on the board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and of Franklin Pond and was board chair of the Georgian Chamber Players. She worked tirelessly on the music committee of Peachtree Road Methodist Church for many years and always greeted everyone with a loving smile. Anne will be missed by all who knew her –she touched a great many people through her long life.

The family asked that donations be made in lieu of flowers. You may donate here or send a check to Franklin Pond Chamber Music:

4835 Franklin Pond Road
Atlanta, GA 30342

Many thanks from us and from Anne.
Read Anne’s obituary

Chamber Music Competition Judges

We are excited to announce Matt Albert and Eric Byers as judges for the 2018 Chamber Music Competition. The May 27th concert will include performances by the judges, the Franklin Pond Players, and, of course, the Competition winners. Mark the date on your calendars now and don’t miss this wonderful opportunity for a delightful afternoon of chamber music at Spivey Hall. [Read more…]

A Night with Atar Arad & Jun-Ching Lin

On Friday, March 9, our students were very honored to work with violist ATAR ARAD, formerly with the Cleveland Quartet and presently teaching at Indiana University. The Haydn Quartet group got to play with a temporarily new 1st violinist, our own faculty member Jun-Ching Lin, filling in for the evening. Several ASO musicians were there visiting their former teacher and coach. Thank you Atar, Jun-Ching, and all the wonderful young musicians who played so beautifully.

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Classes with Noa Kageyama

On Sunday, January 14, we enjoyed three workshops with Juilliard performance psychologist Noa Kageyama: Beating Anxiety, Optimizing Focus for Peak Performance, and Practicing for Performance Success. Musicians of all ages were welcome and we had a full house for each one. Many people wrote afterwards to thank us for sponsoring these classes and said they were enormously helpful. [Read more…]

Alumni Reunion in New York City

alums in nycThree of our alums (Wick Simmons, Drew Forde, and Krystal Lo) recently reunited in New York City!

Wick (2009, 2010) is studying Contemporary Cello Performance (post graduate) at Manhattan School of Music. Drew (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) is currently freelancing and making a name for himself with his blog “That Viola Kid”. Krystal (2009) works as a financial analyst at J.P. Morgan.