Franklin Pond Alums with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Josiah Coe (2005, 2006) has been subbing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the viola section. There have been several Franklin Pond alums who have played with the orchestra.

Sarah Park (2002, 2003) is a regular after playing a wonderful audition a few years ago, and Patrick Shelc (2006, 2007), Lee Sheehan (2005), and Jim Larson (2004) have all subbed.

Kudos, Pinder Brothers!

Matthew Pinder (2012, 2014) — 2nd year at College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) as the Class of 2020 Brooks Music Scholar, also a member of the Honors College.
This summer, Matthew is attending Yellow Barn Young Artists Program in Putney, Vermont in June. He will be attending as a composition student. He is also attending DeCoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute in New York this July, as a pianist.

James Pinder (2012) — 4th year at GA Tech as a Music Technology major. James is currently working part time as the organist at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church in Peachtree Corners, GA, and is also a consultant for the organ installation at their new church which will be completed this fall.

Alumni Reunion in New York City

alums in nycThree of our alums (Wick Simmons, Drew Forde, and Krystal Lo) recently reunited in New York City!

Wick (2009, 2010) is studying Contemporary Cello Performance (post graduate) at Manhattan School of Music. Drew (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) is currently freelancing and making a name for himself with his blog “That Viola Kid”. Krystal (2009) works as a financial analyst at J.P. Morgan.

Phoebe Liu with Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

Phoebe Liu (2014) was the soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, playing the Tschaikovsky Violin Concerto. Bravo, Phoebe!

Julia Su plays with ASO

Julia Su recently played with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She is pictured playing Vivaldi 4 Seasons “Winter”. We are so proud of her!

Alumni’s Thoughts on Chamber Music

After going on to study at the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University, then to Juilliard, Drew Alexander Forde (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) continues to take NYC and the web by storm with his YouTube channel of over 22,000 subscribers. We recently caught up with him at a rehearsal and asked him his thoughts on chamber music.

Congrats to Madeline Chen!

Madeline Chen (Fall Into Spring 2013-14, Fall Into Spring 2014-15) wins a seat in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra as a harpist!

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Best Wishes to Grace!

Grace Lee (Cello 2003, 2004) attended Emory University for her undergraduate studies, where she played in the Emory University Symphony for one year…with fellow former Franklin Pond Quartet member, Stephen Yang! After graduation, she attended University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, then completed one year of pharmacy practice residency in New York, NY at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital.

She recently moved back home to Atlanta, and she has been working at WellStar Kennestone Hospital as a clinical pharmacist. She hopes to have more time to play the cello, now that she has completed all of her training!

Grace is looking forward to getting married in November of this year, and we are all so excited that a Franklin Pond quartet will play at her wedding!

“Having played at many weddings myself, I cannot imagine walking down the aisle to anything but beautiful strings! I am beyond excited at the thought of having fellow FP musicians at our wedding! I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed my two seasons of participating in the FP program.”




Big congrats to Drew Forde!

Drew Forde (alum 2007, 2008, 2009, & 2010) just graduated from Juilliard with a Masters degree, and he is going places fast! Below is a video he recently shared on social media.

Congratulations to Julia Su!

img_julia_suWe are proud of 2015 Alumna Julia Su who just won the State Solo Competition sponsored by MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) in the senior division, competing with students up to 18 years old.  This qualifies her to move to the Southeast regional competition in January, 2017.  Good luck, Julia!