Final Concert Photos!

Wow! What an amazing concert! For those unlucky folks who missed the chamber music extravaganza, the Franklin Pond summer session concluded its season yesterday at Kellett Chapel with a stellar performance. It was a magnificent finale to terrific summer. There will be more to come as we wrap up the 2014 session, but we wanted to get photos up as soon as possible for everyone to enjoy. And remember — NO REHEARSAL TOMORROW. All the students finally have a day off. Enjoy the rest of your summer break!

Outreach Concerts About to Begin!

The Gagggle Quartet Banner-1The chamber groups are hard at work getting ready for the upcoming outreach concerts, which get underway this Tuesday, July 15.  Here are a few shots of “The Gaggle Quartet”‘ preparing for their two outreach concerts on Tuesday. But that is not all that is happening this week.  Tomorrow, Monday, July 14, is a full day session with the Vega Quartet over at Emory Univeristy. And Wednesday is another full day session back at Franklin Pond.  Between the full day sessions and the outreach performances, it promises to be a very busy week!

Student wins ASO Composition Contest!

382362_465394396875038_1017773322_nFranklin Pond student, cellist and composer, Mason Johnston has just won the 2014 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Next Generation Student Composition Contest.  Inspired by the moon, his new piece, Dominus, will be performed on the Atlanta Symphony’s Concert for Young People called Space: Music of the Universe, conducted by Assistant Conductor Joseph Young. About 10,150 local students will attend these concerts and hear this brand new composition.  Despite a record number of high-quality contest submissions, this year’s winning composition was selected unanimously by the judges.
Mason, a rising sophomore at Grady High School, is currently attending Franklin Pond for his third year.  All the students and faculty of the Summer program are now at Berry College on a 4-day retreat.  Mason had a good day July 2nd.  His newly-composed-and-still-in-progress string quartet was read by the Franklin Pond Quartet in the morning, then he got the news about his great success with “Dominus”.  We couldn’t be more proud of Mason and continue to admire his musicianship and creativity.  BRAVO MASON!

July 1, 2014: Franklin Pond Quartet concert

Tuesday, July 1, 7:30 in Barnwell Chapel.

The Franklin Pond Quartet will open the concert with Haydn Quartet Op. 20 #2, and the Gershwin Lullaby, then the College Festival Sextet will perform the Brahms Sextet #1 in Bb Major, Op. 18.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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Inaugural College Festival Begins!

June 16, 2014: The new College Festival program started this week with the first coaching session by Jun-Ching Lin.  Six college students from UGA, GSU, KSU, and Emory University have been busy preparing a Brahms sextet for two weeks of intensive rehearsing and coaching with Franklin Pond Quartet faculty.  They will then travel to Berry College in Rome, GA, where they will perform the Brahms in a concert with the Franklin Pond Quartet at Barnwell Chapel, Tuesday, July 1st at 7:30.  This concert is free and open to the public.  While they are there, they will also serve as practice coaches for the younger students of the Summer program who are starting their summer with the four-day Berry retreat.

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2014 Final Concert for Fall Into Spring

The four groups in Fall Into Spring this year left everyone in the audience proud and impressed on May 12, 2014.  The students, including 10-year-old Madeline Chen, our first harpist, played beautifully.  Several people mentioned how much progress they had all made since the first of the year.  There were several returning students and it was fun to see them improve immensely in their playing and chamber music skills over the years.  The program included works by Dvorak, Telemann, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, and Glazunov and ended with the faculty playing a movement of a Mozart quintet.

Fall Into Spring Masterclass with Justin Bruns

Julia & ClaraOn April 21, 2014, Franklin Pond’s Fall Into Spring students and parents enjoyed participating in a masterclass with Justin Bruns.






Justin Bruns

Assistant Concertmaster Justin Bruns has been with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) since 2006 and holds the Mary and Cherry Emerson Chair.

Actively involved in teaching and bringing music to young audiences, Mr. Bruns has given master classes at Bradley University, Kennesaw State University, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, taught classes in orchestra repertoire at the University of Colorado and Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra, and consulted at Medomak Conducting Institute and HarpArts, as well as maintaining a private teaching and coaching studio. He served as a teaching assistant at Rice University and participated in the founding and organization of its outreach program. He regularly appeared with Chamber Music Ann Arbor’s outreach program and throughout Colorado with Up Close and Musical.

As a chamber musician Mr. Bruns has performed throughout the United States and England, appearing with ensembles such as the Kocapelli String Quartet, Brave New Works, and Michigan Chamber Players. He was a performer on the Faculty Tuesdays Recital Series at the University of Colorado, with the String in the Mountains Music Festival, North Georgia Music Festival, and Georgian Chamber Players. He has also performed cycles of the Brahms, Beethoven, and late Mozart sonatas. As first violinist of Atlanta Chamber Players he appeared at the San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival and made his chamber music debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

Before moving to Atlanta Mr. Bruns was assistant concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and served as concertmaster of the Boulder Bach Festival. He has also played in Symphony II of Chicago, the Houston Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and IRIS Chamber Orchestra, besides having toured Germany and Italy with the American Sinfonietta. He has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Beijing Music Festival, BRAVO Vail Valley Music Festival, and Bellingham Music Festival, and he maintains his affiliation as concertmaster with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California. He has been a guest concertmaster with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and São Paulo Symphony (OSESP).

Mr. Bruns began his violin studies at age three and won his first competition two years later. He made his solo debut with an orchestra at age nine. Since then he has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Colorado, Michigan Pops, and Amarillo Symphonies, and Sinfonia of Colorado. In England he has appeared with the Chester Philharmonic Orchestra and Stockport Symphony. He received his master’s degree from Rice University, where he studied with Kathleen Winkler and Raphael Fliegel.

Coach Jun-Ching Lin at Walton High

Franklin Pond Coach and Quartet member, Jun-Ching Lin, coached a Shostakovich Quartet at Walton High School on Monday, January 21st. Thanks to Perry Holbrook for inviting FPCM to coach the quartet which included three FPCM alumni, Eri Kudo (violin), Katherine Ng (violin), and Bailey Holbrook (cello).

Teacher workshop featuring Dr. Brenda Brenner

On Monday, January 20, Franklin Pond hosted a teacher workshop and masterclass with guest artist Dr. Brenda Brenner of Indiana University. In the morning, area teachers enjoyed an inspiring and interactive session on string pedagogy, with topics ranging from setup and movement, to curriculum and child psychology. In the afternoon, Dr. Brenner coached the Fall into Spring groups. Special thanks go to Board Chair Hamilton Smith for his sponsorship of the entire day. Franklin Pond appreciates the support of the Atlanta string teaching community, and looks forward to offering similar events to our wonderful colleagues in the future.

2013 Alumni Reunion Holiday Party at the Pond

Franklin Pond alumni gathered at the Pond on December 27 to enjoy an evening of chamber music, food, and fun! We are already counting the days until the 2014 party!