About Us

Franklin Pond Chamber Music is a year-round chamber music program for young string students in grades 6 through 12. Through the study of chamber music, students develop their artistic and interpretive talents as well as strengthen their leadership, expression, and communication skills. Students have regular coachings with faculty members from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, masterclasses with guest artists from all over the nation, special classes such as career development, eurhythmics, and Alexander Technique, and multiple opportunities to perform in public.

What is chamber music?

Chamber music, unlike orchestra music, is played by a small group of musicians, usually two to eight players, with only one player on a part. Each player is solely responsible for his/her part and learns to be both a leader and a collaborator, blending with the others for a common sound and interpretation of the music.

Why chamber music?

  • It’s fun!
  • Improves playing quickly – there is no hiding
  • Strengthens leadership and collaboration skills
  • Builds greater communication abilities
  • Creates strong, lasting friendships with peers of similar interests
  • It’s fun!

History of Franklin Pond

Franklin Pond Chamber Music was founded in 2001 by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra violinist Ronda Respess, who started the Summer Intensive Program after realizing Atlanta’s need for a high quality summer program for serious string students.  The following summer Franklin Pond received its 501(c)3 status and has been steadily growing since then. In 2011, the Fall into Spring program (Sept.-May) was added, which more than doubled the student body and faculty. In 2017 the first Chamber Music Competition was held, inviting young musicians from across the state of Georgia to compete for cash prizes and performance opportunities at Spivey Hall. Renowned artists from across the nation come to work with Franklin Pond students, and the program has gained national recognition for its high quality instruction and successful alumni.


Franklin Pond Chamber Music enriches the personal, cultural, and social lives of all people, especially young musicians, through chamber music.



Franklin Pond Chamber Music educates young musicians to perform, communicate, and lead through the art of chamber music. As a promoter of classical music, Franklin Pond engages the broader community in our high quality performances, workshops, master classes and special programs designed to engage music lovers of all ages.


Statement of Support

Franklin Pond Chamber Music stands in solidarity with the greater Black community, our colleagues, and musicians. Racism deserves no place whatsoever in our nation or our music, and we must all work together to eradicate it.

We stand ready to listen, learn, and work together with our community to encourage inclusivity, respect, and compassion for one another.