The Summer Intensive Program offers string players in grades 6-12 coachings with musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Opera, master classes with guest artists from all over the United States, and other educational classes in related disciplines.

Pre-formed groups are encouraged to apply. Members of a pre-formed group may audition individually or as a group (see audition requirements for details).

Every effort is made by the faculty to place students in a group that is commensurate with their ability, age, and temperament.  We may turn away some students for whom the right match is not found with the understanding that placing them in an unsuitable group would not be a rewarding or valuable experience.


The Summer Intensive schedule includes:

    • 1-2 full days of coachings and masterclasses per week from June 27 through August 1
    • Required minimum of 3 hours of extra rehearsal time per week
    • Four day retreat at University of North Georgia
    • Multiple community outreach performances
    • Formal performance at the close of the summer

**All events for the Summer Intensive Program will be carried out in accordance with social distancing policies put in place by the CDC.



Tuition: $1,500 (scholarships available with audition and teacher recommendation)

Click here for the audition repertoire requirements

Click here for the audition video parameters

Click here for the application


Monday, March 15

Application and $40 non-refundable deposit due

Thursday, April 15 Video audition submissions due. View instructions
Saturday, May 15
Confirmation of attendance and non-refundable partial tuition of $500 due
Full tuition of $1,500 may also be paid by this date.
Tuesday, June 15
Tuition balance due for those who choose the partial payment plan
Sunday, June 27
First session of Franklin Pond Chamber Music and Parents’ Meeting
1:30 PM – Parents’ Meeting
1:30 – 5:00 – Session
Monday, June 28 Session
1:30 – 5:00 PM
Thursday, July 1
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday, July 5
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday, July 8 – Sunday, July 11 Franklin Pond Retreat at University of North Georgia – Dahlonega, GA
Thursday, July 15 Extra rehearsal session if needed (TBA)
9:30 AM
Monday, July 19 Session
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday, July 22
Extra rehearsal session if needed (TBA)
9:30 AM
Monday, July 26
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday, July 27 – Friday, July 30
Each group will perform one or two outreach concerts in the community
Saturday, July 31
Dress rehearsal and lunch
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Kellett Chapel, Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Buckhead
Sunday, August 1
Summer Final Concert
3:00 PM
Sunday, September 5
Concert at Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Center in North Georgia (PAID) – for one outstanding and available group
4:00 PM
Extra rehearsals and coaching necessary just before

One movement of unaccompanied Bach

One movement of a concerto or piece of your choice

Required excerpts from the string quartet literature