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

What’s Happening at Franklin Pond

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra honored Franklin Pond Founder & Artistic Director, Ronda Respess, along with other retirees during a concert in May. "The end of the 2021/22 ASO season gives us
Out of the 13 groups who competed in the 6th Annual Chamber Music Competition, six won awards. Grand Prize Winners The judges—The Dali Quartet—gave inspiring performances of Piazzolla "Tango Ballet"
Our Sycamore Trio won the SILVER MEDAL (2nd prize) in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Junior Division! We are ALL so proud of these young musicians (and their parents!). This is an incredibly huge
Eugenie Lim, the youngest member of the Franklin Pond Orchestra, was recently featured in Marietta Daily Journal. "Inspired by her brother's talent for the cello, at the age of 6

Important Dates

July 13 – 16, 2022

Summer Retreat at University of North Georgia

July 15, 2022

Franklin Pond Players Concert
Schott Performance Hall,
University of North Georgia
7:30 PM

Juy 31, 2022

Summer Finale Concert
3:00 PM

September 1, 2022

Fall Into Spring Application Deadline

September 11, 2022

Quartet le Petit Concert
Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Center
4:00 PM

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.


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