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String Project - California State University, Sacramento

Master Teacher:

Judy W. Bossuat-Gallic, was the String Project Master Teacher at the University of California, Sacramento from 2002-2005 and returned to this position in Fall 2007. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the State University College, Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

She is a 1978 graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan where she studied with Shinichi Suzuki, returning in 1982 to do post-graduate work. Bossuat has been teaching strings, conducting orchestras, and training teachers for over 40 years; 16 of them at the “Ecole de Musique Suzuki” in Lyon, France. Many of her former students have attended prominent conservatories and are pursuing professional careers soloing and playing in leading orchestras worldwide.  She is especially known for her work training music teachers both for public school positions and private studio teaching.
            Bossuat-Gallic’s career has included faculty positions at the University of the Pacific - Stockton CA and the University of Oregon – Eugene and the Suzuki Music institute of Dallas as well as private and public school teaching and youth orchestra conducting. She currently teaches at Bossuat-Gallic Music.
            Bossuat-Gallic has served on the national board of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and is currently on the board of the National String Project Consortium (NSPC). She is an authorized Suzuki Method teacher trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the European Suzuki Association, and an honorary life member of the European Suzuki Association (ESA) and the “Association Musicale Suzuki en France” (FMSF). She has served as president of the California chapter of the American String Teachers Association (CALASTA) and orchestra representative of California Music Educators Association - Bay Section.

Named the “2007 Graduate of Distinction” by the Victor Central School District (N.Y), Bossuat-Gallic has also received an “Eminence Credential” from the California State Credentialing Board and been named numerous years to Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in America.

In addition to her current university work, Bossua'st teaching includes children, training teachers and instructing a parent education program. She is a frequent lecturer, conductor, and teacher at workshops in Europe, Canada, and throughout the United States. She has had numerous publications including articles, compositions and orchestral arrangements. Particularly popular is her theatrical piece for two rappers and beginning orchestra titled “Beginner’s Rap,” her two “Takataka Concertos” (one on E and one on A) for beginners and young string orchestra or piano, and her books, Left Hand Development for the Violin and Learning to Sight Read on the Violin.



judyTimothy Stanley holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, a Master Degree from Sacramento State in cello performance. He began teaching on the String Project in fall 2004 and maintains a teaching studio in Sacramento. Mr. Stanley performs in area orchestras and chamber ensembles, and is a founding member of the ensembles Citywater and Confluentes Baroque Quartet. Tim has completed Suzuki Method Training for cello books 1-7.

Mr. Stanley has taken care of the day-to-day necessities of the String Project since 2010: registrations, materials, facilities, and planning/supervising the teachers.

Tim Stanley

Teacher Apprentices:

University students who teach in the String Project prepare recruiting demonstrations for local schools, teach lessons and group classes, conduct student orchestras, and lead sectionals. These activities are supervised by the Master Teachers.

Most teacher apprentices have a stringed instrument as their major instrument, but music education majors in other applied fields are eligible for the String Project with permission of the Master Teachers.

By the time the undergraduate students graduate from CSUS, they will have had several years of experience and are well prepared to begin their teaching careers.

Through their music curriculum, they receive private instruction on violin, viola, cello and bass from the applied faculty at CSUS.

University students who are teaching in the CSUS String Project receive stipends of between $200-$2000 per year. They are also eligible for additional music and academic scholarships.

CSUS School of Music scholarship audition information


String Project Apprentice Teachers




Kirsten EbertKirsten Ebert, from Igo-Ono, CA is a Senior Music Education major studying voice with Omari Tau. This is her third semester on the String Project. In her free time she likes to indulge in reading, writing, practicing her music and making crafts. Ms. Ebert worked with the beginning violins Spring 2015. Ms. Ebert worked with the beginner room in the fall and works with the Robla outreach program in the spring. Ms. Ebert is in charge of all paperwork for hte project.




Connor Green photo Connor Green from Fairfield is a double bass performance major. This is his first semester at CSUS and first semester working in the String Project. He is a double bass player for the Symphony Orchestra of Northern California and also plays guitar, electric bass, and piano. Connor has worked as a tutor helping students with music theory and piano at Solano Community College, and has given private lessons on guitar and bass. In his free time Connor builds costumes and props, and on occasion works on film sets. He also leads a northern California chapter of a charity organization. Mr. Green is working with the orchestra.

Elyssa Havey photo Elyssa Havey began her violin studies at just 3 years old and currently studies violin, viola and piano. She has some experience as a violin teacher and her passion is to make a difference in children's lives through music. She has attended violin study programs at Intermountain Suzuki String Institute since 2003 and UOP summer programs since 2011. An alumni of the String Project since the fourth grade, she now performs with groups such as the Auburn Symphony, the CSUS Symphony, Sacramento Youth Symphony, Camerata, CALCAP, and other local symphonies.
Ms. Havey is teaching in the beginner's room.



Rafael Jiminez is a guitarist music education major. This is his second semester teaching on the String Project. He works with the beginner and the orchestra room this semester (Fall 2016.)





Matthew Major photo

Michael Major is a freshman violin major studying with Anna Presler. He is excited to learn about teaching and s working in the beginner room.







Samantha Rosas Photo Samantha Rosas is a freshman violist studying with Anna Kruger. She is from the LA area where she participated in their El Systema program. She has done some mentoring through this program. Ms. Rosas is teaching in the beginner room.






Brittany Thorne photo Brittany Thorne is starting her first year in the String Project. She is originally from Denver, Colorado, and received her Bachelors of Music, with a minor in French, and post undergraduate Certificate in Violin Performance from the University of Northern Colorado. She moved to Sacramento in August to begin her Masters here at Sac State, also in Violin Performance. Brittany started playing the violin at the age of 8 in the Saturday Morning Music Program, a program very similar to the String Project, back in Colorado. She hopes that through this program she can inspire more youth in the community to play music in the same way she was inspired.







ShengSheng Zhang is currently a cellist in the Performer’s Certificate Program at Sacramento State. He began cello in China at the age of six and quickly stood out as a precocious talent. Sheng was a performance major at The University of Southern California School of Music and holds a Bachelor of Music of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has served as Principal Cellist of The Santa Cruz Symphony. Mr. Zhang is teaching in the intermediate room.