About Us

Franklin Pond Chamber Music is a unique year-round chamber music program for talented string students. Our goals are to develop the artistic and interpretive talents of our students, as well as to strengthen their communication skills as developing musicians. Created as an opportunity for serious students to interact personally with highly qualified professionals, Franklin Pond offers coaching with faculty members from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, master classes with guest artists from all over the nation, special classes such as movement, eurhythmics, and Alexander Technique, and regularly scheduled sight-reading sessions.

The Summer program students, ages 11-18 years old, meet one day a week all day (Mondays) for six weeks and are required to rehearse together during the week at least four hours. The Fall into Spring program students, ages 8-18 years old, get a minimum of 8 coaching sessions from October through April and are required to rehearse together for at least three hours in between coaching sessions.  Student groups perform informal play/talk concerts in the community and more formal Finale Concerts.  Students learn, through community outreach concerts, how to organize appropriate concert repertoire and how to speak in public.  We also have added a small but growing Adult Friends program that pairs professional symphony musicians with accomplished amateurs.  Four of our distinguished faculty are members of the Franklin Pond Quartet which performs independently in venues around Georgia.

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?

  • Improves playing quickly – there is no hiding
  • Teaches leadership and collaboration skills
  • Gives performance experience
  • Builds strong, lasting friendships with peers with similar interests
  • Looks good on college apps!
  • It’s fun!

History of Franklin Pond

Franklin Pond Chamber Music was founded in 2001 by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra violinist Ronda Respess, who realized Atlanta’s need for a high quality summer program for serious string students and started the Summer Program. By the summer of 2002, Franklin Pond had its 501(c)(3) and has been thriving and growing over the years. In 2011, the Fall into Spring program (Sept.-May) was added, which more than doubled the student body and the faculty of all Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians. In 2014, the College Festival was added, attracting students from five colleges around the Atlanta area as well as those out of the area. Nationally known guest artists come to work with the students each year and speak highly of the program. Additional events are added yearly, such as the Labor Day String Festival and the MLK Day Teachers Workshop, as well as other special workshops.


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.