Viola da Gamba,
Double Bass,
Basse de Violon,
Viola Bastarda and

Martha Bishop in keeping with Baroque performance practice, plays several bass instruments, including Baroque cello, viola da gamba, basse de violon, Baroque bass, violoncello piccolo and viola bastarda. She performs with New Trinity Baroque, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, the Westminster String Quartet, and Atlanta Camerata. She has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Early Music Project, Harmonie Universelle, and the Atlanta Bach Choir. She performed as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony in Bach’s “St John Passion” and Brandenburg Concerto No. 6. Her viola da gamba studies were with John Hsu at Cornell University and her modern cello studies were with Elizabeth Cowling at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with subsequent studies with Mary Gray Clark, William Klenz, Walter Steinhaus and Martha Gerschevski.

She has taught cello, viola da gamba, and composition at Agnes Scott College., viola da gamba at Emory University, and music history at Clayton State College and West Georgia College. She is a frequent workshop clinitian on viola da gamba in the U.S. and abroad. She is past President of the Viola da Gamba Society of America, and is currently Musical Director of its annual Conclave. She has served on the on the Board Directors of the Viola da Gamba Society of America and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. She can be seen on video teaching tablature playing on the website of the Viola da Gamba Society of America.

As a writer she is a frequent contributor to the Newsletter of the Viola da Gamba Society of America and to the Atlanta Early Music newsletter “Broadside.” Her didactic publications, editions of early music and compositions for viola da gamba and cello are used worldwide and are listed below. She has successfully competed in several composition contests writing music for early instruments.

She is a published composer for early and modern instruments. Her compositions and arrangements are available from PRB Publications <>, Fountain Music Publications, <>, the Viola da Gamba Society of America <>, George Kelischek <>, and through Hutchins and Rae Music <>. She is currently editing the four, five and six part viol fantasias of John Jenkins to be available as shareware on the internet.

Her Baroque cello is by Georg Carl Kretschmann, 1741 (restored by Ron Sachs); her viols are Jacob Stainer school, c. 1740 (restored by Peter Tourin), Francois Bodart, 1993; her basse de violon is by Abraham Prescott, 19th century, her viola bastarda and violoncello piccolo are anon. Tyrolean 19th century.


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