Ronda Respess, Founder & Artistic Director

Summer Program 2020

Summer Program 2020 Summer Program 2020

2020 Chamber Music Competition

2020 Chamber Music Competition 2020 Chamber Music Competition


What’s Happening at FPCM

Spring Concert Cancelled

We are sad to announce that the Spring Concert scheduled for Sunday, May 3 has to be cancelled. The students who have worked so hard all year are our first priority. We are very proud of them and encourage them to reconnect when they can, either with their established groups or other talented students. Franklin Pond will do whatever we can to help them.

Summer Program Application Deadline Extended!

In light of current events, Franklin Pond Chamber Music has extended its application deadline for the Summer Intensive Program. The application and video are now due on Monday, April 20. Click here for more info, including links to audition excerpts. The entire process can be completed from home.
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Masterclass with Nick Curry

Three of our groups had a great masterclass with Nick Curry on Sunday, March 1. Nick is a wonderful cellist and teacher, now at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. There is so much to be learned from playing and watching a class like this.

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News Flash!

Exciting news from the Fall Into Spring Tangent Trio! Yuji Yamada, John Cho, and Lexine Feng made the semi-final round of the Coltman Chamber Competition, and they will be heading to Austin, TX in March to compete for the finals. Bravo to them and to their coaches!

Rehearsals & Coaching Sessions

All eight Franklin Pond groups are working hard to get ready for our upcoming spring masterclasses with David Courcheron, Nick Curry, Annie Fullard, and Itamar Zorman. Kudos to Franklin Pond Fall Into Spring manager Lachlan McBane and ASYO manager Kaitlin Gress for organizing over 64 coaching sessions and rehearsals!

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Angela Beeching workshops were a success

During the weekend of February 8-9, Angela Beeching, music career counselor extraordinaire and author of Beyond Talent, came to Atlanta from Boston. She has advised and inspired college students at New England Conservatory, Juilliard School of Music, and Indiana University. On Saturday, she gave a high school workshop for 26 students and parents, and individual sessions to those who wanted it. It was a day of honest discussions about what to expect as a music major or minor, time management, preparing to apply to college, finances, getting the right teacher for you, and much more. On Sunday, she had individual sessions with several college students and professionals. We were proud to co-sponsor Angela with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.

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Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Conference

Franklin Pond had a booth at the GMEA Conference this year (January 23-25) for the first time. We loved connecting with our music education colleagues both at the Athens Classic Center and at the American String Teachers luncheon. Franklin Pond alum Daniel Boscan played for the luncheon in a group from North Atlanta High School. Kudos to Ginny and David Fairchild, who designed, built, and managed the booth.

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Music Career Workshops and Consulting

On February 8 and 9, Angela Beeching will be in Atlanta to speak with high school students about their current or future careers in music.
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December Events

We enjoyed a very festive holiday season at the Pond!
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Fall Into Spring Students to Give Concerts

Ready for Reger? How about some Schubert, Beethoven, Mendelssohn or Debussy? Want to hear a REALLY terrific brass quintet and the Mozart Clarinet Quintet? And FOUR cellos have to be twice as good as Two Cellos! We have it all and more this year in our Fall Into Spring program. You may not have to wait until the final concert in May to hear these 32 talented students. They will be giving concerts throughout the new year, so keep watch and you can keep up with their activities.

Kudos from Janet Horvath

Following her visit to Franklin Pond for masterclasses and private lessons, Janet Horvath wrote an endearing article about Franklin Pond.
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Summer Finale Concert

The Summer Finale Concert showcased four of our Franklin Pond groups. They performed works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Halvorsen, and Bloch in Kellett Chapel of Peachtree Presbyterian Church on July 28. This performance was the last of several they gave throughout the five-week program, including five masterclasses and four Community (outreach) Concerts. There is much to be learned from performing the same repertoire several times, an experience professionals have all the time and students rarely get. We were very proud of our students this summer.

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