Congratulations, Lexine Feng & Eugenie Lim!

Congratulations to two of our very talented alums, Lexine Feng and Eugenie Lim, for performing as winners in the Samuel Fordis Young Artists Concerto Competition Showcase Concert on Saturday, February 15 with the Georgia Philharmonic. We are so proud of them!

Alum Noah Johnson (cello 2011 & 2014) sent a video of his latest accomplishment.

Alumni Discuss Chamber Music & Franklin Pond

Candid Discussion with Franklin Pond Alumni

Alum Violists to Perform with Columbus Symphony

Two Franklin Pond alum violists, Sarah Park (2002, 2003) and Josiah Coe (2005, 2006) will perform the two solo viola parts of the Brandenburg Concerto #6 with the Columbus (GA) Symphony on October 12, 2019.

Great News for Hannah Shute!

Photo provided by University of Florida

Hannah Shute (2014) was one of 10 cellists selected to participate in the Sitka International Cello Seminar with Zuill Bailey and Melissa Kraut. Other cellists are coming from CIM, Indiana, Peabody, Royal College of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and more. She will attend this festival, and then fly to Italy for another festival.

She also was admitted to the Meadowmount School of Music.

She was named the Presser scholar at University of North Florida.

Jessica Robinson Stinson performs with LaGrange Symphony Orchestra

We are so proud of Jessica Robinson Stinson (2003) for performing a Mozart concerto with the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Prior. Yay, Jessica! Big year for her, this, and winning the Opera job.

Alumni enjoy playing music with Jun-Ching Lin

Jun-Ching played chamber music during one weekend in March with Jenny Chun (2002), who is teaching privately in Atlanta now, and Lee Sheehan (2005), who is studying law at Georgetown in Washington, D.C. We hear Lee is graduating and has a job lined up already.


Franklin Pond Alumni Help Celebrate ASO TDP Anniversary

What an exciting night it was at Symphony Hall on Saturday, February 9! The 25th anniversary celebration of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Talent Development Program brought many TDP alumni back into town, and since I’ve (Ronda) been with the program since it’s inception, I know most of the “kids”. They aren’t kids any more — they are accomplished professionals. The Mendelssohn Octet included my former student (who played beautifully) Chelsea Sharpe, and Franklin Pond alum Drew Forde (#ThatViolaKid). Chelsea is playing with the New World Symphony in Miami, and Drew is based in L.A., traveling all over the country playing and speaking about his love of music and the viola.

Mason Johnston Does It Again!

Mason Johnston (2011, 2011-12 FIS, 2012-13 FIS, 2013, 2014), Franklin Pond alum on the cello, was the youngest (ALMOST 21!) finalist in the nationwide Rapido! Competition sponsored by the Atlanta Chamber Players. He was one of 5 finalists in the country to be chosen to have his work played by a trio of ACP players — also ASO musicians. The judges were Robert Spano, Michael Gandolfi, and Jennifer Higdon, and the main sponsor was Atlanta’s own Ron and Susan Antinori. It was so exciting, and, although he didn’t win this time, he is still a winner and we are very proud of him. Mason is in the white shirt in the pictures. Best of luck Mason for a bright future.

And BRAVO cellist and Franklin Pond faculty member Brad Ritchie for mastering 6 new and difficult pieces so beautifully on that program.

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