About Me


Martha Gerschefski


Juilliard Performance Diploma with Luigi Silva and Isidore Cohen

Student of Andre Navarra, Edward Mattos, and Nadia Boulanger

Diploma of Merit, Accademia Musicale, Siena, Italy

State Department Cultural Presentations Abroad recitalist throughout Europe

Solo performer in the USA, Europe and Central America

First woman selected by Leopold Stokowski for the American Symphony Orchestra (Assistant principal)

Principal cellist: Atlanta Chamber Orchestra and Atlanta Ballet

Presenter of classes and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Central and South America

Winner of Koussevitzky Prize and Martha Baird Rockefeller grant for study abroad

Georgia Educator of the Year, American String Teachers’ Association

Outstanding Teaching Award, Georgia State University College of Arts and Sciences

Founder, Georgia Academy of Music

Founder, Westminster Schools String Quartet Program 

Founder, Georgia State University’s University Cello Choir

Having retired from Georgia State, now a private teacher in her home studio

Resident of Atlanta’s Candler Park with her husband Clint Schaum and their dogs Maya and Carly