Chamber music training for talented young musicians

Fall Into Spring

September – May
Grades 6 – 12
Application due September 1
(Late application due September 15)

Summer Intensive Program

Late June – Early August
Grades 6 – 12
Application due March 15

Chamber Music Competition

Memorial Day Weekend
Middle and High School Divisions
Entry form due April 15

About Us

Franklin Pond Chamber Music is a year-round chamber music program for young string students in grades 6 through 12. Through the study of chamber music, students develop their artistic and interpretive talents as well as strengthen their leadership, expression, and communication skills. Students have regular coachings with faculty members from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, masterclasses with guest artists from all over the nation, special classes such as career development, eurhythmics, and Alexander Technique, and multiple opportunities to perform in public.


Important Dates

December 27, 2021

Alumni Party and Chamber Music Reading

January 29, 2022

Masterclass with Emerson String Quartet Members
Kellett Chapel of Peachtree Presbyterian Church
2:30 – 5:30 PM

January 30, 2022

Emerson String Quartet Concert
Byers Theatre, Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center
2:00 PM

April 15, 2022

Application deadline for Summer Intensive Program 2022
Entry deadline for Competition

May 29, 2022

Chamber Music Competition

What’s Happening at Franklin Pond

The world famous Emerson String Quartet will be in Sandy Springs for a concert, and three of them will be working with our kids! We were thrilled when Philip Setzer,
Bravo to all the Summer Intensive students! They had a busy last week of the season playing four Community Concerts and their Final Showcase Concert. Final Showcase Concert Sandy Springs
The annual Summer Final Showcase Concert of the Summer Intensive Program will feature talented young musicians in a chamber music concert featuring works that include Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Dvorak, as

Leadership Team

Ronda Respess

Founder & Artistic Director

Ginny Fairchild

Program Coordinator & Competition Manager

Lachlan McBane

Manager of Fall Into Spring

Support Staff


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Franklin Pond Supporters

Franklin Pond Chamber Music is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and supportive environment within our institution and throughout our community. We endeavor to provide fair treatment, access, and opportunity for all students, faculty, and staff and will not tolerate actions that oppose this principle. As an institution that educates and develops student artists who are the future of music, we understand the systemic factors that have historically contributed to inequities in our field and, together with our community partners, will continue to establish and engage in opportunities for broader dialogues and experiences that embody our commitment to a more diverse and inclusive future.

Mission, Vision, Diversity, & Inclusion Statements