Phoebe Liu with Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

Phoebe Liu (2014) was the soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, playing the Tschaikovsky Violin Concerto. Bravo, Phoebe!

Julia Su plays with ASO

Julia Su recently played with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She is pictured playing Vivaldi 4 Seasons “Winter”. We are so proud of her!

Alumni’s Thoughts on Chamber Music

After going on to study at the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University, then to Juilliard, Drew Alexander Forde (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) continues to take NYC and the web by storm with his YouTube channel of over 22,000 subscribers. We recently caught up with him at a rehearsal and asked him his thoughts on chamber music.

Congrats to Madeline Chen!

Madeline Chen (Fall Into Spring 2013-14, Fall Into Spring 2014-15) wins a seat in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra as a harpist!

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The Merling Trio Mini-Class

On October 28th, the Merling Trio of Western Michigan University plus Tom Knific on bass, performed a Gershwin medley for the entire Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and spoke to them about the value of chamber music study. Also on the short program was a portion of the Dvorak Piano Quintet played by our own Franklin Pond students of the Cincopation Quartet: Ava Posner, Harriet Skowronek, Lucy Gelber, Jordan Leslie, and Nicholas Lin. Bravo to them on short notice! The Merling Trio (quartet) will return in February for a full masterclass for all the Franklin Pond groups.

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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.”




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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