Author: Franklin Pond

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.

Fall Into Spring Final Concert is LIVE!

Fall Into Spring Final Concert May 4, 2021 7:00 PM Peachtree Road United Methodist Church 3180 Peachtree Road NE

Congratulations, Raunak!

Raunak Kumar, alum 2014-15, 2017, 2017-18 was a 2021 winner in the YoungArts Foundation Competition. Raunak left Atlanta to attend New England Conservatory Preparatory School for his last two years of high school. Next year he will attend Columbia University. Read more

Live Masterclass with Rainer Eudeikis

Rainer Eudeikis, principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra visited Franklin Pond on April 13 as a masterclass artist. The students were excited to work with him and hear him play. We all appreciated another live masterclass.

Masterclass with Nick Curry

Nick Curry stepped in for us at the last minute on March 23 for an online masterclass. Nick teaches at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville and is an Atlanta native.

Coaching at the Pond

Franklin Pond alum, Josiah Coe (2005 & 2006), is coaching and playing the Dohnanyi “Serenade” with Emily Rader and Julia Gaines for the second half of the year. What fun to have him back teaching for us!

First Live Masterclass of 2021!

Four Franklin Pond groups played in the first live masterclass of the year on Tuesday, January 12. This was part of our live Fall Into Spring program, which is being held in Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. The students were thrilled to perform and get coaching from David Coucheron, concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,…
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Big News for Stephen Upshaw!

We’re so proud of Stephen Upshaw (Viola, 2003), whose ensemble was awarded a Ernst von Siemens Ensemble Prize for 2020/2021. “We can’t wait to get started on the many projects to come this year, including our online Wien Modern concert on Friday featuring world premieres from our friends Chaya Czernowin Clara Iannotta and Ann Cleare’s…
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