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.

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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