Author: Franklin Pond

Jonathan Fuller (cello FIS 2020-2021) joins NYO Summer 2021

Jonathan Fuller was chosen to join the esteemed National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America in 2021, an extraordinary honor that only 120 students in the whole nation have bestowed on them. The orchestra rehearses for two weeks, then generally goes on a national or international tour. Due to Covid, this year their…
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Summer Final Showcase Concert information

The Summer Final Showcase Concert is on Sunday, August 1

The annual Summer Final Showcase Concert of the Summer Intensive Program will feature talented young musicians in a chamber music concert featuring works that include Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Dvorak, as well as a piece written by alumnus Samuel Viguerie. The concert is free and open to the public on Sunday, August 1 at 3:00 pm…
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5th Annual Chamber Music Competition Update

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2021 Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition! The Sycamore Trio (Tobias Liu, Evan Nicholson, and Grace Peng) took home the highest honors, with a Grand Prize trophy and $2000. Quartet le Petit (Didi Stone, Lucas Nyman, Jodie Stone, and Richard Wang) won 2nd Prize as well as the…
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The Quartet Le Petit Plays at Lenbrook Retirement Community

The Quartet Le Petit played an hour-long concert at Lenbrook Retirement Community on Friday, May 28. They performed a range of classical and semi-popular pieces ranging from Beethoven and Bartok to Mancini and a tango. The four high school students, who have played together since elementary school, took charge of the concert, introducing themselves and…
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Update from Wick Simmons in New York City

Wick Simmons, cello (2009, 2010) is teaching at Harmony Program in New York City. He also recently produced a video of his own composition, “Seen/Unseen: Exquisite Drones“, filmed at the Longy School of Music at Bard College and taught a college composition forum at Longy.

Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition

Join us LIVE on Saturday, May 29 for the 5th Annual Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition, happening this year at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. The event is free and open to the public, and reservations are not required. The gorgeous, spacious, and acoustically beautiful sanctuary can easily host a socially-distanced audience. Masks are highly encouraged but not required.

Fall Into Spring Final Concert

The Spring Concert on May 4 was very successful, with five Fall Into Spring groups performing live in the sanctuary of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. Peachtree Road has been a wonderful partner, helping us by providing beautiful venues for rehearsals and concerts all year.

Ronda Respess Receives Atlanta Federation of Musicians Educator Award

Franklin Pond Founder and Music Director, Ronda Respess, was awarded the Atlanta Federation of Musicians Educator Award for her work with Franklin Pond for the last 20 years. The award was announced at the last Union meeting and comes with a $500 stipend which is to be donated to a non-profit of choice – which,…
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Spivey Hall Young People’s Concert with Franklin Pond

Watch the Spivey Hall Young People’s Concert with Franklin Pond on YouTube. Hear interviews with three Fall Into Spring students, listen to their groups perform, and meet Artistic Director, Ronda Respess and Program Coordinator, Ginny Fairchild.