Summer Intensive Program
Late June – Early August
Grades 6 – 12
Application Deadline: March 15
Audition Deadline: April 15
The Summer Intensive program runs from late June through early August. Click here for this summer’s schedule. Participants in the program will play challenging pieces from the standard and modern chamber music repertoire. During this time, students will participate in:
- Daily/weekly coachings with faculty from the Atlanta Symphony and Atlanta Opera
- Weekly masterclasses with nationally recognized distinguished artists
- Four-day retreat at the University of North Georgia
- Outreach performances in the Atlanta metro area
- Formal performance at the end of the summer session
Additional coachings, master classes, and performance opportunities are available for groups exhibiting consistent rehearsal practices and marked improvement.
The Summer Intensive Program is open to students in grades 6-12. If your student is a rising 6th grader or a graduated senior they may also apply. Although the program focuses primarily on string players and pianists and the broad repertoire that is available for those instruments, non-string players are welcome and encouraged to apply. Franklin Pond will do everything possible to place all accepted students into a group with matched ability and temperament. Pre-formed groups, both string and non-string, are encouraged to apply.
Please note, a minimum of three hours of rehearsal per week outside the scheduled Summer sessions is required of each group. Students will be responsible for scheduling the time and place of these rehearsals. Much like individual practice done between weekly private lessons, this rehearsal time is critical to the group’s progress; the more a chamber group rehearses together, the better they will become. Franklin Pond can help facilitate scheduling if needed.
**Every participant must attend all sessions and the retreat
At each summer session and the retreat, groups will receive coachings from the Franklin Pond faculty, who are members of the Atlanta Symphony or The Atlanta Opera. Groups will work with at least 2 different coaches throughout the summer so they can benefit from multiple musical perspectives.
At each summer session and the retreat, groups will participate in masterclasses with distinguished masterclass artists from around the country. Additional masterclasses may be offered throughout the summer as artists become available.
The retreat takes place on the campus of the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, GA. Franklin Pond students stay in the dorms on campus, eat at the university’s dining hall, and rehearse in the music building. Retreat activities include:
• Daily intensive rehearsals and coachings
• Masterclasses with FPCM faculty and guest artists
• Faculty performance
• Hiking, frisbee, and other outdoor fun depending on weather
• Dinner at the Smith House
• Free time in the Dahlonega main square
The retreat is a strong bonding experience for all students and a highlight of the summer. Parents are responsible for dropping off and picking up students from the retreat. All costs of the retreat are included in the Summer Intensive Program tuition.
Every chamber group will perform at the Summer Finale Concert, held the first week in August (see schedule for exact date and time). Each group will also play at least one community concert in the Atlanta Metro area. Other performance opportunities are available and depend on the preparedness of each group.
All summer concerts are free and open to the public.