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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 and began teaching on the project in fall 2004. He maintains a teaching studio in Sacramento. He 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. Stanely takes care of the day-to-day necessities of the String Project: 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 under the 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

Cody Alves, from Yuba City is a Senior Music Education major studying violin with Anna Presler. He is spending his 8th semester on the String Project leading the orchestra room. Outside of his studies, he enjoys restoring and repairing stringed instruments under the tutelage of a local luthier.

Addie Camsuzou, violinist studying with Anna Presler, is a Junior Music Composition major from Paso Robles. This is her seconf semester working with the String Project. She rotates between the Intermediate and Orchestra Rooms. In her free time she enjoys reading.

Josiah Catalan is a Senior Music Education major studying violin with Anna Presler. leading the Intermediate room.

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Kirsten Ebert, from Igo-Ono, CA is a Sophomore Music Education major studying voice with Robin Fischer. This is her second semester on the String Project. In her free time she likes to indulge in reading, writing, practicing her music and making crafts. Ms. Ebert is working with the beginning violins.

Luis Lugo is voice major studying with Claudia Kitka. He is in the Opera Program at Sac State and in his sixth semester on the String Project, where he says he “has loved every moment.” His goal after the String Project is to learn more about the wonders of music therapy. Mr. Lugo works with the beginning cellos.

Zachary McGee, from Santa Barbara, is a first year cello performance graduate student studying with Andrew Luchansky. This is his second semester on the String Project. Mr. McGee heads the beginning cello room.

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Mica Phan, violinist studying with Anna Presler from Davis, is on her second semester in the String Project. She enjoys working with children and adults, helping them cultivate an appreciation for music. In her free time she likes to read, go hiking and cook for family and friends. Ms. Phan works with the beginning violins.

Amanda Shafer is a Freshman Music Performance/Music Education major studying cello with Andrew Luchansky. This is her second semester on the String Project. In her free time Amanda likes to play her cello, crochet, and ride her bike with her dog Holly. Ms. Shafer is teaching in the Intermediate Room.

Sapphire Valdivia is a Music Education Major studying viola with Anna Kruger. In her free time she likes to read books in Spanish. Sapphire helps with the administrative tasks of the String Project and teaches in the Beginner's Room.