For years now, Franklin Pond has been giving middle and high school students a place to study chamber music seriously. The faculty is made up of members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. More recently, the program introduced a competition.
The Franklin Pond Chamber Music Competition takes place this weekend at Spivey Hall, with a public Awards Concert at 4 p.m.
“Participating in a competition like this really forces your group to be more serious about chamber music,” violist Lucy Gelber tells “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes. Gelber competes this weekend with the Brahms Piano Quintet.
“With the goal of competition, it was a lot easier to stay on track and be more serious about chamber music,” she said, “and it made me really consider chamber music as a career choice. That was a real goal that I had in mind after that point.”