Final Concert Photos!

Wow! What an amazing concert! For those unlucky folks who missed the chamber music extravaganza, the Franklin Pond summer session concluded its season yesterday at Kellett Chapel with a stellar performance. It was a magnificent finale to terrific summer. There will be more to come as we wrap up the 2014 session, but we wanted to get photos up as soon as possible for everyone to enjoy. And remember — NO REHEARSAL TOMORROW. All the students finally have a day off. Enjoy the rest of your summer break!

Upcoming Deadline: “Fall into Spring”

We are excited about our upcoming Franklin Pond Fall Into Spring program.

**Applications still accepted**September 10: Application deadline for our “Fall into Spring” program which takes place during the school year.

Information Sheet

Teachers and Directors, please read!

From Ronda Respess:

We are still accepting applications for our Fall Into Spring program IN YOUR COMMUNITY.*

It was brought to my attention today that many people do not understand how our Fall Into Spring program works.  It is VERY different from our well-known Summer program and much more flexible.  After students audition, we put them in groups and assign a coach that matches the personality of the group.  When deciding on groups and coaches we take into consideration the part of town students live in, along with their level of ability.  The group and the coach then decide WHEN and WHERE the rehearsals and coaching sessions will be.  They could be at a student’s house, a church, a school, after a youth orchestra rehearsal, etc.  They are NOT at the Pond (unless arranged) during this program. We can also form advanced string groups including bass, clarinet, oboe, and harp.
We do have two masterclasses and a final concert for the year when everyone gets together, one of them being MLK Day along with the Teachers’ Workshop as we did last year.  For that class we have Melissa Kraut from Cleveland Institute of Music coming.
We would also love to enroll groups from one school and work with them so they could be featured at their school and be well-prepared to play at school functions.  There are 8-10 coaching sessions planned for the full school year, October through the beginning of May, and groups are required to have at least one rehearsal between coaching sessions.  With this method of organization, we are not limited to a set number of groups and will try to place everyone who applies, providing we have students that fit together well in a group.
*We have a ½ year program, especially for juniors and seniors who can’t do it the whole year.

SO……the more students that apply, the more chance they can be put in a group in their community.  It is a great activity for friends who are in the same school or live in the same area.  Please pass this on to your students and don’t let them miss this opportunity!  Scholarships are available.

Master Class with Vega String Quartet

Many thanks to the wonderful Vega String Quartet for working with the students today!  It was a terrific day at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.  The students had a full day of coaching and rehearsals—just before the first outreach concerts kick off.  Here are a handful of photos from the day.

Outreach Concerts About to Begin!

The Gagggle Quartet Banner-1The chamber groups are hard at work getting ready for the upcoming outreach concerts, which get underway this Tuesday, July 15.  Here are a few shots of “The Gaggle Quartet”‘ preparing for their two outreach concerts on Tuesday. But that is not all that is happening this week.  Tomorrow, Monday, July 14, is a full day session with the Vega Quartet over at Emory Univeristy. And Wednesday is another full day session back at Franklin Pond.  Between the full day sessions and the outreach performances, it promises to be a very busy week!

Master Class with Christopher Rex

We were privileged to have the Franklin Pond students take a Master Class with the ASO’s Principal Cello, Christopher Rex. Mr. Rex joined the ASO as Principal in 1979, the same year in which he became the first cellist ever to win the string prize in the biennial Young Artists Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Mr. Rex appears as a recitalist and chamber musician across the nation. Each of the Franklin Pond student groups played for Mr. Rex and received instruction. It was an exciting class and a great inspiration for all. Here are just a few photos from our time with Mr. Rex:

Photos from the Last Night’s Rehearsal!

Hot off the press! Even the students have not seen these photos. Enjoy!


Retreat Photos (Part II)

Here are photos from mid-week–including photos from the wonderful concert by the college students and our very own Franklin Pond Quartet!

Retreat Photos (Part I)

Although the students have seen some of these photos, parents have not. Enjoy these photos from the early days of our retreat at Berry College.

Photos from Pre-Retreat Franklin Pond Session

Here are some photos from our Sunday session before leaving the retreat. We hope you enjoy them!

Gershwin to Attend Franklin Pond Retreat!

Daniel Laufer- at the piano0001Well, maybe not really. But Daniel Laufer will be at the Franklin Pond Retreat, and he certainly looks a lot like George Gershwin, as you can see from this photo.  Compare this shot of Daniel “Piano Man” Laufer with the two images of the real George, shown below. We’re excited about the start of the summer Franklin Pond session.  See you there!