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Seahorse Trio to perform prior to Merz Trio Concert

The Seahorse Trio—Faith Meshida (violin), Ashan Galhena (flute), Tej Panchal (harp)—will perform in the lobby of Spivey Hall at Clayton State University before the Merz Trio concert on Sunday, November 20. The staff at Spivey have been gracious hosts and partners with us for the Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition for many years, and we…
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First Concert of the Season for Franklin Pond’s Lachlan McBane

Our wonderful and talented faculty member, Lachlan McBane, recently conducted the first concert of the season for Bravo Homeschool Strings which he founded (in 2011), organizes, and leads. Lachlan is a violist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a faculty member for Franklin Pond, and the Program Manager for Franklin Pond’s Fall Into Spring program. Bravo…
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Fall Into Spring Update

We are having a wonderful Fall Into Spring with seven groups playing Mozart, Brahms, Smetana, Prokofiev, Dvorak, Goossens, Martinu, and a Sibelius piano quartet never before performed in the U.S.! Two of our groups are participating in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Chamber Players program. All seven are all off and running and we can’t…
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Help the Seahorse Trio win the Charleston International Music Competition

In step with the competition accolades of our groups last year, the Seahorse Trio of Fall Into Spring—Faith Meshida (violin), Ashan Galhena (flute) and Tej Panchal (harp)—has entered the Charleston International Music Competition. You can help them win by viewing them on YouTube. The more views they get, the better chance they have of winning.…
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In Memoriam

We celebrate the incredible life of Betty Fuller, who passed away last week. Betty was the inspiration and the rock for so many of us in the Atlanta Symphony and in all the other organizations she supported, worked with, and advised. We will certainly miss Betty on our Franklin Pond board, but her leadership will…
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Lucy Gelber serves as Principal Violist of the Eastman Philharmic

Lucy Gelber (2015, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19) is serving as principal violist of the Eastman Philharmonic at Eastman School of Music and performed the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with the orchestra. She is a founding member of the Andromeda Quartet, established at Eastman in 2020. Lucy currently studies with Masumi Rostad and hopes to pursue a career…
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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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