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String Project - California State University, Sacramento


Judy W. Bossuat-Gallic, was the String Project Master Teacher at Sacramento State 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 boards of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and 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 and training teachers. 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 and 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 is on the board of the National String Project Consortium.

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

Elyssa Havey is a Freshman Music Education major studying violin with Anna Presler. She began her violin studies at just 3 years old and currently studies violin, viola and piano. She is beginning her second year with the String Project and will be heading the Intermediate Room.. An alumni of the String Project since the fourth grade, she performs in the CSUS Symphony and Camerata Capistrano.


John Lee



John Lee is a senior Music Education voice major. He will be helping with piano accompaniment in the beginning and intermediate rooms.




Corey OilerCorey Oiler, is a graduate student cellist . This is his first semester on the String Project. He will be teaching in the orchestra room.






Jasmin Moeinitabar

Jasmine Moeinitabar is a violinist transfer
student studying music composition. She studies violin with Anna Presler. This is her first semester in the String Project. She will be teaching in the Beginner's room and will be know as" Miss M."





Samantha Rosas Photo

Samantha Rosas is a sophomore 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 beginning her 3rd semester on the String Project and is the head teacher in the Beginner's room.





Amanda ShaferAmanda Shaffer is a 4th year cello major studying with Andrew Luchansky. This is her second semester on the string project. She will be teaching in the Intermediate Room.







Emily Svensen

Emily Svensen, is a senior Music Education major studying viola with Anna Kruger. This is her first semester on the String Project. She will be teaching in the Orchestra Room.






Brittany Thorne is in her second 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. She is head teacher in the Orchestra Room.