Author: Franklin Pond

Sycamore Trio wins Silver at Fischoff

Our Sycamore Trio won the SILVER MEDAL (2nd prize) in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Junior Division! We are ALL so proud of these young musicians (and their parents!). This is an incredibly huge honor. Congratulations to Tobias Liu (violin), Brandon Leonard (cello), and Grace Peng (piano). Many thanks to the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, who provided spaces in…
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Liam McBane becomes San Diego Symphony Artistic Assistant

Liam McBane (viola, Fall Into Spring 2013-2014) is now the Artistic Assistant for San Diego Symphony. Liam graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Music. He is an accomplished pianist, also playing violin and viola, but has been working toward arts management. He wasted no time landing the position of…
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Denielle Wilson wins contract to play with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Denielle Wilson (cello, Summer Intensive 2010) has won a one-year contract with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Denielle is a high school graduate of the ASO Talent Development Program and majored in cello performance at the Northwester University. She has been playing with the Chicago Civic Orchestra and the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago for…
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We are accepting applications for Fall Into Spring 2022-2023

Applications for Fall Into Spring 2022-2023 are due on September 1. Fall Into Spring runs October through May. During this time, students will receive a minimum of: 8 coaching sessions with faculty from the Atlanta Symphony and Atlanta Opera 2 master classes with nationally recognized distinguished artists 2 live performance opportunities in a formal and…
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Stephen Upshaw joins Trinity Laban viola faculty

Stephen Upshaw (2003) will begin his role as professor of viola at Trinity Laban in September. Stephen says, “In recent years I have had the pleasure to work regularly at Trinity Laban with The Solem Quartet, Riot Ensemble and on individually designed projects focused on collaboration and innovation. I am thrilled to be joining the…
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Summer Intensive Program Final Showcase Concert is on Sunday, July 31

The students of Franklin Pond’s Summer Intensive Program will showcase their talent and hard work, performing works by Beethoven, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Kodaly, Shostakovich, Hoffmeister, Clarke, Barriere, Bach, and Franklin Pond alumnus, Samuel Viguerie. Sunday, July 31 3:00 PM Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Kellett Chapel

2022 Summer Retreat Highlights

We had a great time at this year’s retreat at University of Georgia in Dahlonega. The students are a tremendous group of musicians, and they worked so hard.

Ronda Respess retires from Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra honored Franklin Pond Founder & Artistic Director, Ronda Respess, along with other retirees during a concert in May. “The end of the 2021/22 ASO season gives us the opportunity to thank six long-time musicians for their combined 281 years of bringing joy to Atlanta, and indeed the world, through their music. We…
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