Masterclass with Peter Oundjian

The masterclass yesterday with Peter Oundjian was wonderful. He is the consummate musician and such a nice person. Ravel “Introduction and Allegro” and Prokofiev Quintet.

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Jessica Robinson Stinson performs with LaGrange Symphony Orchestra

We are so proud of Jessica Robinson Stinson (2003) for performing a Mozart concerto with the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Prior. Yay, Jessica! Big year for her, this, and winning the Opera job.

Alumni enjoy playing music with Jun-Ching Lin

Jun-Ching played chamber music during one weekend in March with Jenny Chun (2002), who is teaching privately in Atlanta now, and Lee Sheehan (2005), who is studying law at Georgetown in Washington, D.C. We hear Lee is graduating and has a job lined up already.


Masterclass with Robert Spano

Robert Spano worked with three of our groups on Saturday, February 23 at Atlanta Symphony Hall. He is a wonderful teacher — a born teacher — and teaches with such compassion and love. He inspired all the students and all who attended.

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TDP String Quartet Plays at Anniversary Concert

Our TDP string quartet (yet unnamed!) performed at the pre-concert onstage performance of current Talent Development Program students, just before the big 25th anniversary concert with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and TDP alumni. They did a good job with Beethoven Op.18 #4, especially considering they haven’t had it for very long. We were very proud of them all. Brandon’s cello solo earlier in that pre-concert was wonderful.

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Franklin Pond Alumni Help Celebrate ASO TDP Anniversary

What an exciting night it was at Symphony Hall on Saturday, February 9! The 25th anniversary celebration of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Talent Development Program brought many TDP alumni back into town, and since I’ve (Ronda) been with the program since it’s inception, I know most of the “kids”. They aren’t kids any more — they are accomplished professionals. The Mendelssohn Octet included my former student (who played beautifully) Chelsea Sharpe, and Franklin Pond alum Drew Forde (#ThatViolaKid). Chelsea is playing with the New World Symphony in Miami, and Drew is based in L.A., traveling all over the country playing and speaking about his love of music and the viola.

Mason Johnston Does It Again!

Mason Johnston (2011, 2011-12 FIS, 2012-13 FIS, 2013, 2014), Franklin Pond alum on the cello, was the youngest (ALMOST 21!) finalist in the nationwide Rapido! Competition sponsored by the Atlanta Chamber Players. He was one of 5 finalists in the country to be chosen to have his work played by a trio of ACP players — also ASO musicians. The judges were Robert Spano, Michael Gandolfi, and Jennifer Higdon, and the main sponsor was Atlanta’s own Ron and Susan Antinori. It was so exciting, and, although he didn’t win this time, he is still a winner and we are very proud of him. Mason is in the white shirt in the pictures. Best of luck Mason for a bright future.

And BRAVO cellist and Franklin Pond faculty member Brad Ritchie for mastering 6 new and difficult pieces so beautifully on that program.

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Masterclass with Jun-Ching Lin

Jun-Ching Lin stepped gave a wonderful masterclass Saturday, January 19 in Atlanta Symphony Hall to three of our groups. They sounded terrific for halfway through the year!

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Ronda Respess featured in ASO’s Talent Development Program Newsletter

Ronda Respess was recently featured in Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program Winter Newsletter!

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Performance and Masterclass by the Dali Quartet

In collaboration between Franklin Pond and the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Chamber Players (ASYOCP), the Dali Quartet gave a short performance on stage in Symphony Hall on Saturday, November 17, then worked with two of our groups playing the Matz cello quartet and the Ravel “Introduction and Allegro”. It was a mutual admiration day. The audience of about 60 students and parents enjoyed the Dali performance which included a quartet composed by ASO violinist Juan Ramirez. The Quartet members were very impressed with our students, who played beautifully.

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