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

January 30, 2022

Masterclass with Emerson Quartet
Kellett Chapel, Peachtree Presbyterian Church
1:30 – 5:00 PM

May 29, 2022

Chamber Music Competition

March 15, 2022

Summer Intensive Program Application

July 13 – 16, 2022

Summer Intensive Program Retreat at University of North Georgia

April 15, 2022

Audition deadline for Summer Intensive

Entry deadline for Competition

July 31, 2022

Summer Finale Concert
3:00 PM

What’s Happening at Franklin Pond

In cooperation with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Franklin Pond is delighted to present a masterclass with one of the world’s most famous string quartets: the Emerson Quartet. Ensembles from
On Friday, January 28 at 4:15, the Apollo Quintet has been invited to perform in the lobby of the Classic Center in Athens at the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA)

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