2020-2021 Fall Into Spring Information

The Fall Into Spring program is an exceptional opportunity for students to improve individual instrumental skills and to learn to work successfully in a small group while studying and enjoying the chamber music repertoire. Advanced string players (strings only for this year) grades 6-12 should apply and send an audition video in order to be considered for any program design possible in this fluid time. As with our 2020 Summer program, we plan to adhere to all COVID-19 safety measures, including the requirement of masks at all times, regular temperature checks, and a 6-ft. distance requirement. Rehearsals and coaching sessions will be live at The Pond (4835 Franklin Pond Rd., Sandy Springs) unless other safe opportunities arise. Groups will be kept separate and masterclasses will be virtual and live (if and when possible). After acceptance and placement, each group will meet with the staff on Zoom and decide when and where to have sessions. Weekend times are preferable but not required. Flexibility and communication are necessary for the success of this program. Safety is our first priority. Virtual and live performances will be set up as opportunities arise.


Tuition: $800 per year
Scholarships are available by merit and teacher recommendation.
Application Fee: $40
Application is available online and the deadline is September 1, 2020.

Auditions are by video, uploaded to YouTube, and sent as a link to fpcm@franklinpond.org no later than September 1, 2020.
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Coaching Sessions and Rehearsals

  • After acceptance and placement, each group will meet with a staff member and coach on Zoom to decide when and where to have sessions. Weekend times are preferable but not required. Coaching and rehearsal dates/times/venues must be set up for the entire first semester.in this meeting.
  • Group rehearsals of a minimum of 3 hours will alternate with faculty coaching sessions. It is necessary to treat the coaching sessions as private lessons and the rehearsals as preparation for those lessons.
  • This program is parent/student driven and participants must be wholly committed.
  • All rehearsal and coaching sessions will be documented. There will be a minimum of 8 coaching sessions and 3 masterclasses for the full year. At least three coaching sessions must be scheduled before January.

Commitment/Requirements

  • We cannot safely accept any students in September who are currently attending school in person. We will announce any change to this policy and will try to accommodate these students in January, if COVID numbers are down and we feel it is safe to do so.
  • All participants and their families must commit to taking safe COVID precautions at home as well as away from home. All students and parents will be required to sign our COVID guidelines and a COVID waiver.
  • All participants and their families must commit to taking safe COVID precautions at home as well as away from home. All students and parents will be required to sign our COVID guidelines and a COVID waiver.
  • 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.
  • ALL students must attend ALL rehearsals, coaching sessions, and events. The groups cannot function properly without everyone there.
  • In order to be part of the Fall Into Spring program, it is critical that the students and families have a very high level of commitment to the program and a flexible, cooperative mind-set, especially with regard to scheduling. Between each coaching session there must be at least 3 hours of rehearsal.

Masterclasses and Workshops

Participating groups perform and work with a guest artist and observe other groups. These events will be virtual and live (when possible). All students must attend and stay through all masterclasses. Much learning takes place by listening to others play and work. There will be 2-3 masterclasses or workshops during the year, with others added as opportunities arise.

Audition

Audition Requirement: One piece, or two contrasting if needed, with slow and fast sections – no longer than 6 minutes in total length.
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Alumni students and pre-formed groups are required to audition each year.

Franklin Pond will place students in appropriate groups based on instrumentation needs, age, musical expertise, and experience. It is important to form groups that are compatible, therefore audition decisions are not dependent solely upon skill level. There will be an effort made to factor in school connections, geography and siblings when possible.

  • 8-10 small group coaching sessions with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Opera faculty
  • 2-3 masterclasses with world renowned artists
  • Several performance opportunities
  • Flexible schedule