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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. 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


Joanna Dzik
Ardalan Gharachorloo, Junior
Katalina Hoffman
Anna Lyubezhanina, Senior
Ivan Parker, Senior
Jina Park


Cody Alves, from Yuba City is a Senior Music Education major studying violin with Anna Presler. He spent 8 semesters on the String Project, including Spring 2015 where he led the orchestra room. Outside of his studies, he enjoys restoring and repairing stringed instruments under the tutelage of a local luthier. Cody graduated May 2015! Cody is currently in the credential program and will be teaching at our Robla District outreach location.

Josiah Catalan is a Senior Composition major who studied violin with Anna Presler and led the Intermediate room. Josiah graduated May 2015!
*Still included on this page because we are proud of him!

Kirsten EZach McGee

Kirsten Ebert, from Igo-Ono, CA is a Senior Music Education major studying voice with Robin Fischer. 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.

Zachary McGee, from Santa Barbara, was in his second year of cello performance as a graduate student studying with Andrew Luchansky. This is his third semester on the String Project. Mr. McGee headed the beginning cello room in Spring 2015.

Mica PSapphire Valdivia

Mica Phan, violinist studying with Anna Presler from Davis, is in her third 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 worked with the beginning violins.

Sapphire Valdivia is a Music Education Major studying viola with Anna Kruger. She is in her 7th semester with the String Project. In her free time she likes to read books in Spanish. Sapphire helped with the administrative tasks of the String Project and taught in the Beginner's Room.