Masterclass with Danny Laufer

Danny Laufer came to give a masterclass on Thursday, July 12. It’s always great to have him here.

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A Day with the Vega Quartet

We spent the day with the Vega Quartet on Monday, July 16. We always look forward to that. Exhausting, but great.

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Summer Retreat

We are all back safe and sound and had a great time at the retreat at University of Georgia in Dahlonega. They are great partners. Day 3 and 4 brought, of course, more rehearsals and coaching, a rhythm class, a body mapping class with Dr. William Johnston and the faculty concert Saturday evening with guest cellist Hilary Glen and Bill Johnston on viola. We wound up Sunday with a delicious lunch at the Smith House. The kids made an amazing amount of progress in just a few days. They are truly a remarkable and wonderful group of young musicians.

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Chamber Music Competition Highlights

The winning high school group was the Tuna Quintet, pictured with judge Eric Byers, Ronda Respess, Lachlan McBane, Justin Bruns, and Jun-Ching Lin.

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Fall Into Spring Finale Concert

Another fabulous concert! Congratulations all!

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Drew Alexander Forde Takes His Music to Sea

Photo by Strings Magazine

Drew Alexander Forde (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) recently shared his experience of performing on a cruise ship with Strings magazine.

“As the electric, final chord of Astor Piazzolla’s “Primavera Porteña” washes over the audience at the end of our third performance of the night, the room erupts with applause. It is just another hard day’s work aboard ship. 

When people ask me why I chose to perform on a cruise ship, my first answer is ‘ ’cuz I’m broke.’ But all joking aside, a lot of stars had to align for this gig to make sense…”

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ASYO Chamber Players at Symphony Hall

The ASYO Chamber Players (2 groups part of Fall Into Spring) played a pre-concert recital in Symphony Hall on Friday, May 4 before the ASYO concert. They played beautifully and everyone loved it.

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Alum Noah Johnson performs with Atlanta Opera Orchestra

Alum Noah Johnson (2011 & 2014 cello), played “Carmen” with the Atlanta Opera Orchestra this month (May 2018) with Franklin Pond faculty members Bill Johnston and Ginny Fairchild.

Noah Johnson (middle)

Alisha Zamore is the Geraldine Tilson winner of a $7,500 scholarship

Alisha Zamore is a senior at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City. She is an active musician in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program. Last year, her Mozart Clarinet Quintet won first place at the first annual Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition. This summer, she will be joining the National Youth Orchestra on their performance at Carnegie Hall and tour of China, South Korea and Taiwan. Zamore is the daughter of Lector and Jackie Zamore.

Alisha is an alumna of the 2016-2017 Fall Into Spring Program.

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

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