Congratulations to Christine Liu!

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.).

“That Viola Kid” is a Franklin Pond Kid!

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.

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Mary Horst at Drew Charter School

View More: http://jesspricephotography.pass.us/string-trioMary 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!

Alumni accepted to prestigious program

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!

Congratulations, Zach Tseng!

Zach Tseng (Summer 2015) is the 2016 Concertmaster of the GMEA (Georgia Music Educator Association) Middle School All State Orchestra!

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Congratulations, Evan Nicholson!

Congratulations to alumnus Evan Nicholson (FIS 2013-14, Summer 2014), soloist with the Emory Junior Chamber Orchestra.

Alumni Winners of the Samuel Fordis Young Artist Concerto Competition!

Tobias Liu

As winners of the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra’s Samuel Fordis Young Artists Concerto Competition held in December, Phoebe Liu (Violin 2014) and Tobias Liu will solo with Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra at 7:00 pm on February 6, 2016 (Click for ticket information)!

Click below to read their bios on Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra’s Facebook page.

Phoebe Liu
Tobias Liu

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Cool Video by Drew Alexander Forde

Drew (Viola 2007 – 2010) recently posted a cool video of himself performing a viola cover. Check it out!

Annual Alumni Christmas Party

Saturday, December 26th at 6:00 at the Pond

A wonderful time was had by all at our annual Alumni Christmas party. Alums of all ages came, some we haven’t seen for a long time, and everyone had a great time talking and playing together. Stories were shared, advice was given, and lots of laughter and music filled the house.

Paideia Concert

Nicholas  JordanBest friends, and Franklin Pond Alumni, Nicholas Lin and Jordan Leslie get ready for a concert at Paideia School.