The Merling Trio Mini-Class

On October 28th, the Merling Trio of Western Michigan University plus Tom Knific on bass, will be in front of the entire Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra performing and coaching our Fall Into Spring student piano quintet. This will be the fastest presentation ever (only 20 minutes) but will be a tasting of what will come later in the year.

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Eclectic and interesting student groups for the school year

Of the six groups Franklin Pond is coaching this school year, two of them came as pre-formed groups, having been together also last year school year. We love that because the longer the students are together, the better they play together, and the more rewarding it is for them and for the coaches.

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Best Wishes to Grace!

Grace Lee (Cello 2003, 2004) attended Emory University for her undergraduate studies, where she played in the Emory University Symphony for one year…with fellow former Franklin Pond Quartet member, Stephen Yang! After graduation, she attended University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, then completed one year of pharmacy practice residency in New York, NY at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital.

She recently moved back home to Atlanta, and she has been working at WellStar Kennestone Hospital as a clinical pharmacist. She hopes to have more time to play the cello, now that she has completed all of her training!

Grace is looking forward to getting married in November of this year, and we are all so excited that a Franklin Pond quartet will play at her wedding!

“Having played at many weddings myself, I cannot imagine walking down the aisle to anything but beautiful strings! I am beyond excited at the thought of having fellow FP musicians at our wedding! I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed my two seasons of participating in the FP program.”

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Faculty News

Right after our Summer Finale Concert, Lachlan McBane went to Cleveland to play with the Cleveland Orchestra. This is the second time he has been invited to play with them, thanks to Principal Violist Wesley Collins who went to Cleveland several years ago from Atlanta. Wesley was also on the faculty of Franklin Pond.
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Summer Finale Concert

Congratulations to everyone on a GREAT Summer Finale Concert! The kids worked so hard and played very well, especially after studying and being together only four weeks. BRAVO!

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Masterclass with Nick Curry

Saturday, July 29 was our dress rehearsal and last masterclass with Nick Curry of University of North Florida. Nick joined in all the festivities of the day; listening to all the groups at Kellett, our last lunch together at nearby Landmark Diner, and our last coaching sessions at the Pond. It’s always sad when the last person leaves!

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2017 Community Concerts

Bravo to our students for being able to put these Community Concerts together in four weeks! Well done!

Mt. Vernon Towers
Sandy Springs Library
Huntcliff Summit
Canterbury Court
Sautee Nacoochee Center

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Masterclass with Stephen Majeske

Stephen Majeske came as our masterclass artist (July 24) and inspired everyone!

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Masterclass with Tom Key

Tom Key, well known actor and Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit, worked with our students at the Pond today. He was absolutely fabulous and the kids seemed to have a good time. By the end of the masterclass, they were speaking with infinitely more self-assurance and not as shy about doing it. He worked on breathing, showing their own personality when they speak, looking people in the eye, and speaking so they can be heard.

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Summer Program 2017

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