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Ciompi Quartet is announced as 2023 Competition Judges

We are excited to announce that the Ciompi Quartet from Duke University will be the judges of the 2023 Chamber Music Competition. Since its founding in 1965 by the renowned Italian violinist Giorgio Ciompi, the Ciompi Quartet of Duke University has delighted audiences and impressed critics around the world. All its members are professors at Duke, where…
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Masterclasses with Itamar Zorman and Liza Stepanova

Our groups had an extra treat when this husband and wife team, Itamar Zorman and Liza Stepanova, performed for them before the masterclasses. Both artists are world renown performers, teachers, and recording artists in the solo and chamber music world. The violinist in our Magnolia Trio had out of town auditions, so Itamar played with…
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Franklin Pond attends GMEA Conference in Athens

Franklin Pond had a booth at the convention for three days at the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Conference, and two of our groups played for the Presidents’ Luncheon. They also performed for the Mountain Park Middle School special needs choir, and the chorus kids were fascinated. Ginny and Ronda were very happy when they…
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Franklin Pond Student Wins First Prize in Sphinx Competition

Brandon Leonard (cello) won First Prize in the Junior Division of the 2023 Sphinx Competition on January 27! Brandon has studied through the Atlanta Symphony Talent Development Program for many years. Among his many accolades, he is principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the cellist this year in Franklin Pond’s Magnolia Trio.…
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Spivey Hall Lobby Concerts

We want to thank Spivey Hall for inviting Franklin Pond groups to play in the lobby before two of their chamber music concerts on Sunday, January 15. The Seahorse Trio—Faith Meshida (violin), Ashan Galhena (flute), Tej Panchal (harp)—played before the Merz Trio concert, and the Soleil Quartet—Mia Motley and Jeffrey Xu (violins), Hannah Smallwood (viola),…
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Ludimus Trio wins 1st chairs in All-State orchestra

Congratulations to the Ludimus Trio (FIS 2021-22): Eugenie Lim, George Young, and Jay Kim. They all won 1st chairs in All-State orchestra this year!

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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