Mentoring generations of musicians and music lovers through the art of chamber music

Fall Into Spring

October – May
Grades 6 – 12
Application due August 15

Summer Intensive Program

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

Chamber Music Competition

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

What’s Happening at Franklin Pond

"Ronda Louise Packard Respess has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals
Franklin Pond Chamber Music, in collaboration with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Chamber Players, will perform a beautiful selection of
Georgia Philharmonic announced the 2023-2024 Winners of the Samuel Fordis Young Artist Concerto Competition. CONGRATULATIONS to Tej Panchal (Harp 2022-23,
We are excited to announce that the Artaria String Quartet will be the judges of the 2024 Chamber Music Competition.

Important Dates

Monday, April 15

Competition Entry Form Deadline

Saturday, April 20

Ying Quartet Masterclass
2:00 – 5:00 PM
Rich Theatre of the Woodruff Arts Center

*April 21 performance information

Sunday, April 28

Fall Into Spring Finale Concert
3:00 PM
Rich Theatre of the Woodruff Arts Center

Saturday, May 4

The Eucalyptus Trio performs before the Isidore Quartet concert at Spivey Hall
2:30 PM

Saturday, May 11

The Cypress Trio performs during the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra concert in Symphony Hall
2:00 PM

Sunday, May 19

WABE Atlanta Music Scene will broadcast music performed by Franklin Pond Chamber Music in the past year
10:00 PM

Sunday, May 26

Chamber Music Competition begins (morning)
Competition and Awards Concert
Spivey Hall
4:00 PM

June 30 – July 28

Summer Intensive Program

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.

Mission, Vision, Diversity, & Inclusion Statements