Jun-Ching Lin Named as New Concertmaster of The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Big news for Franklin Pond faculty member, Jun-Ching Lin!
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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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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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Fall Into Spring Finale Concert
Sunday, May 6
3:00 PM
Kellett Chapel
Peachtree Presbyterian Church

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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…]