Andrew Koonce (2012), Freshman at The Juilliard School with Lewis Kaplan and former student of Sonya Foster, has been accepted into the Concertmaster Studio of the Brevard Music Center. It is an extraordinary program to study with some of the premier Concertmasters in the US: William Preucil, Cleveland Orchestra; David Coucheron, Atlanta Symphony; David Kim, Philadelphia Orchestra; and Jonathan Carney, Baltimore Symphony. CONGRATULATIONS, ANDREW!
Drew Forde (alum 2007, 2008, 2009, & 2010) just graduated from Julliard with a Masters degree, and he is going places fast! Below is a video he recently shared on social media.
We are proud of 2015 Alumna Julia Su who just won the State Solo Competition sponsored by MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) in the senior division, competing with students up to 18 years old. This qualifies her to move to the Southeast regional competition in January, 2017. Good luck, Julia!
Christine won the 2nd place Grand Award in computational biology and bioinformatics at the Intel ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair), a week long program that took place in Phoenix, Arizona from May 8-13. There were 1,760 finalists from 77 countries, regions, and territories, many of whom are also musicians (piano, cello, double bass, guitar, voice, etc.).
Drew Forde (Viola 2007 – 2010) has been making a splash all over the World Wide Web! Currently a student at The Juilliard School, he has generated a following of more than 7,000 subscribers on YouTube and more than 37,000 followers on Instagram, using the social media platforms to teach Classical Music in a fun, accessible way. He has been successful with earning money through YouTube ad revenue and is in the process of merchandising.
Mary Horst (2006, 2007, 2008) has been coaching quartets at Drew Charter School for Franklin Pond. The kids love her, and we are so happy she is working with us. Mary is a wonderful cellist and teacher, and we are lucky that she came back to Atlanta to work…for now anyway!
Mary’s father, Eddie (now deceased), was a very well-known composer and producer of music for film, television, recording artists, and video games. He wrote arrangements for artists including Bruce Springstein, Pearl Jam, Natalie Cole, and R.E.M. Among many other accomplishments, he wrote music for Cartoon Network and the television series “In the Heat of the Night”. Eddie wrote a string quartet (“Insecta”) for Franklin Pond, which was all about the bugs of Franklin Pond. Mary played it with her high school quartet at a concert at Jimmy Carter Center, and on several other concerts. Franklin Pond has enjoyed using it on both student and faculty concerts. Eddie and his wife, Patti were a joy to have as chaperones on one of our Jekyll Island retreats. We miss Eddie dearly, and are so proud of Mary!
Congratulations to Northwestern alumni Wick Simmons (Summers 2009 & 2010) and Danielle Wilson (Summer 2010), who have been accepted to the prestigious Aspen Music Festival and School this summer!
Zach Tseng (Summer 2015) is the 2016 Concertmaster of the GMEA (Georgia Music Educator Association) Middle School All State Orchestra!