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

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
The Sycamore Trio—Tobias Liu (violin), Brandon Leonard (cello), and Grace Peng (piano)—won both 1st place in the Junior Division and the People's Choice Award in the Young Chamber Musicians Competition
Quartet le Petit won the Georgia Kiwanis State Competition on Saturday, April 23. They played La Cumparsita arranged by Mathew Naughtin. This year, 11 contestants from 11 different Kiwanis clubs
Organized by Franklin Pond Program Coordinator Ginny Fairchild, this event includes performances by members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Opera, the Atlanta Chamber Players, the Atlanta Pipe Band,

Important Dates

May 29, 2022

Chamber Music Competition
Competition – 11:00 AM
Awards Concert – 4:00 PM

July 13 – 16, 2022

Summer Retreat at University of North Georgia

July 31, 2022

Summer Finale Concert
3:00 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.

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