“The master class artists work musically to help kids understand how to express the emotional part of the music,” said Respess. “That’s [a learning] that kids don’t get enough of.”
Franklin Pond students participate in eight coaching sessions and two master classes. The current program hosts 37 students who are divided into small groups. They practice, rehearse and perform together. An upcoming concert that concludes the Fall into Spring School Year Program takes place May 5, at The Woodruff Arts Center.
Separately, Franklin Pond hosts its an annual student music competition, with musicians performing together in groups, May 25-26 in Spivey Hall at Clayton State University. Violist James Dunham, of the Axelrod Quartet in residence at the Smithsonian Institute, in Washington D.C., will select division winners. Cash prize awards include $1,000 and $800, for high school and middle school group winners, respectively.
“We really wanted students to give themselves a goal to feel proud of and say, ‘I did something myself. I wasn’t walked through it by a parent or a teacher,’” said Fairchild.
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