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

Sycamore Trio at 42nd Annual Fischoff Competition Finals

Brandon Leonard (cello) won First Prize in the Junior Division of the 2023 Sphinx Competition on January 27! Brandon has
The Soleil Quartet—Mia Motley and Jeffrey Xu (violins), Hannah Smallwood (viola), and Jaia Alli (cello)—performed Smetana beautifully last Sunday (January
Congratulations to the Ludimus Trio (FIS 2021-22): Eugenie Lim, George Young, and Jay Kim. They all won 1st chairs in
The Seahorse Trio—Faith Meshida (violin), Ashan Galhena (flute), Tej Panchal (harp)—will perform in the lobby of Spivey Hall at Clayton

Important Dates

April 1, 2023

Summer Intensive Program
Application Deadline

April 15, 2023

Competition Entry Form Deadline

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


See More

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