College Festival

June 15-July 8, 2015

Franklin Pond now offers a chamber music program for college students — music majors and non-music majors. This program provides small group coaching with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians, performance opportunities, AND teaching experience.

Web College Festival

Coaching and rehearsals

Participation will require time and effort, as well as serious preparation. All members of each ensemble must be willing to work hard and be open to compromise. It is critical that the students have a very high level of commitment to the project and attend all events.

 The festival will start Monday, June 15 and end July 8.

 Opening meeting and initial get-together will be held at the Pond Monday, June 15

 All rehearsal and coaching sessions will be documented. There will be a minimum of 6 coaching sessions and between each coaching session there must be at least 3 hours of rehearsal with all group members present.

 Each group will make its own arrangements for the dates, times and places for coaching and rehearsal sessions.

 The festival will culminate in a 3-day retreat June 30-July 2. At the retreat, students will have:

 1-2 coaching sessions

 Rehearsal, private practice, and sightreading time

 A final performance open to the public Wednesday, July 8 at Berry College

 Experience teaching and mentoring as rehearsal coaches for the younger groups of our Summer Program who will be just beginning their summer program with the retreat.

Cost: $300 (Scholarship is available through audition and teacher recommendation)

Direct questions to: Ronda Respess, Artistic Director —

Information Sheet


Application and audition

Application deadline April 15, 2015 — $35 application fee
View and print application.

Auditions will be accepted via YouTube video. Individual students and preformed groups are welcome. (Note to preformed groups: you may submit a group audition video, however each member must submit an individual application and $35 application fee.) Students will be placed in appropriate groups based on auditions. Franklin Pond alumni MAY be exempt from auditioning, at the discretion of the faculty.

Instructions for making and submitting your YouTube audition video:

• Record approximately 5 minutes of a piece(s) of your choice that demonstrate(s) slow and fast playing.

• Use a high quality camera (HD is preferred).

• Position the camera so that your entire instrument and torso are visible.

• Watch your entire video to check for picture and sound quality before uploading.

• Include in the video’s title your name, instrument, and title(s) and composer(s) of the work(s) performed.

• Once your upload is complete, click on the “Share” button below the video, copy the URL, and paste in an e-mail to Please include your name and instrument in the subject line.