Fall Into Spring

September – May
Grades 6 – 12
Application due August 15

Summer Intensive Program

Late June – Early August
Grades 6 – 12
Application due April 1

Chamber Music Competition

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

What’s Happening at Franklin Pond

Sycamore Trio at 42nd Annual Fischoff Competition Finals

We are excited to announce that the Ciompi Quartet from Duke University will be the judges of the 2023 Chamber
Our groups had an extra treat when this husband and wife team, Itamar Zorman and Liza Stepanova, performed for them
Franklin Pond had a booth at the convention for three days at the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Conference, and
Brandon Leonard (cello) won First Prize in the Junior Division of the 2023 Sphinx Competition on January 27! Brandon has

Important Dates

March 25

The Magnolia Trio Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Youth Symphony concert
Symphony Hall of the Woodruff Arts Center
3:00 PM

April 1

Summer Intensive Program
Application Deadline

April 16

The Spitzenreiter Trio performs for
the Atlanta Chamber Players

April 30

Fall Into Spring Finale Concert
Rich Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center
4:00 PM
Free and open to the public

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


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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.

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