John Gerschefski

Violin/Viola Instructor Located at the Perfect 5th

Title: Instructor or violin, viola, cello and music theory.

Genres: Classical

Skill Level: Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner by Audition

Education: Juilliard School of Music, B Mus University of Georgia, Graduate studies, Florida State University

John GerSchefski's Summary

John has been teaching violin, viola, and cello and conducting youth and adult orchestras, and coaching string ensemble for over 45 years in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Many of his students have gone on to attend music schools and conservatories and are now professional performers and teachers

He was a member of the United States Marine Band, the "President's own", for over 24 years, arranging and composing music for the band, and playing on occasion with the White House Orchestra. During that time, he performed with the Richmond, Roanoke, and Lynchburg, VA, symphonies, as well as participating in various local university orchestras when his time would allow.

John conducted the Preparatory and Junior Youth Orchestras in Montgomery County, MD for 8 years, then organized and directed his own chamber string orchestra, the Cosmopolitan Chamber Players. More recently, he conducted the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra for 8 years, which performed 7 Beethoven symphonies under his baton, and accompanied the talented winners of the Maryland Music Teachers piano competition annually.

John was a violin student of Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School of Music and the rigorous summer program at the Meadowmount School for Strings, where Dorothy DeLay and her mentor, Ivan Galamian were instructors. While in New York, he performed at Carnegie Hall, Philharmonic Hall and other venues with an orchestra of Juilliard and NYU musicians, conducted by rising artists of the baton chosen as guest directors for each concert. His teaching approach is a reflection of his time with DeLay and her philosophy: Careful attention to the talents, strengths, and needs of the individual student, with a focus on building or repairing the fundamentals and enhancing the development of the strengths and talents. The ideal result is a young performer who is excited about the program tailored to his or her specific needs, and who develops confidence and higher self esteem from the success of the method. John believes that students can become highly motivated and passionate about their playing, and their affection for music soars, when they are made aware that they have something special to grow