Franklin Pond Chamber Music is a unique year around chamber music program for talented string students ages 11-19. Our goals are to develop the artistic and interpretive talents of our students, as well as to strengthen their communication skills as developing musicians. Created as an opportunity for serious students to interact personally with highly qualified professionals, Franklin Pond offers coaching with faculty members from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, master classes with guest artists from all over the nation, special classes such as movement, eurhythmics, and Alexander Technique, and regularly scheduled sight-reading sessions.
The Summer program students meet one day a week all day (Mondays) for six weeks and are required to rehearse together during the week at least four hours. The Fall into Spring program students (during the school year), get a minimum of 8 coaching sessions from October through April and are required to rehearse together at least once in between coaching sessions. Student groups perform informal play/talk concerts in the community and more formal Finale Concerts. Students learn, through community outreach concerts, how to organize appropriate concert repertoire and how to speak in public. We also have added a small but growing Adult Friends program that pairs professional symphony musicians with accomplished amateurs. Four of our distinguished faculty are members of the Franklin Pond Quartet which performs independently in venues around Georgia.