Judy W. Bossuat-Gallic

Judy W. Bossuat-Gallic, received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, State University College, Potsdam, New York, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1975. Bossuat-Gallic’s personal contact with Dr. Suzuki began in 1974 and continued through 1995, years after her graduation from the Matsumoto Talent Education Institute in 1978 and return to Japan in 1982 to do post-graduate work. She participated in 14 European conferences where Dr. Suzuki spent a week training teachers and a week working with students from throughout Europe and organized the Lyon, France European Conference in 1983. 

Bossuat-Gallic’s teaching experience includes International Conferences and many Institutes all over the world. She was selected to lead over 3,000 students at the Suzuki World Conference final concerts in Turin, Italy (2006) and Matsumoto, Japan (2013).

Bossuat-Gallic 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 successful 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.

In fall 2014, Bossuat-Gallic began teaching children at her private studio in north Dallas and training teachers in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas. She is also a lecturer in Music Education and the Master Teacher of the Sacramento State University String Project from 2002-2005 and 2007 to the present. From 2010-14, Bossuat-Gallic taught violin to children and trained teachers at the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas. Bossuat-Gallic’s career has also included faculty positions at the University of the Pacific—Stockton CA and the University of Oregon – Eugene, as well as private and public school teaching and youth orchestra conducting.

Bossuat-Gallic served for four years on the national board of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and was on the board of the National String Project Consortium (NSPC) for many years. 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  Française  Pédagogie  Suzuki”  (AFPS). She served for 16 years on both ESA and FSMF (renamed AFPS). 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 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 and private studio teaching, Bossuat-Gallic 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.

Bossuat-Gallic offers violin/viola lessons for children. She also offers teacher training on violin. Workshops on weekends, holidays and during the summer months can be arranged.

Maeve Brophy

Maeve Brophy gave her first solo recital at age 9 and made her orchestral debut at 15. She has given solo and collaborative performances in Wells, England, the Amalfi Coast, Kiev, Ukraine, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Aspen, Nashville, Memphis, and Birmingham. She has performed for the Memphis Chamber Music Society and the Artist Ascending Series in Memphis and is a regular performer with the Luna Nova Ensemble. She has performed for the Lindberg Farm Series and Messiah Lutheran Concert Series in Huntsville. She is also the pianist for Nashville’s alt-classical group chatterbird. Maeve has performed as soloist with the Chernygev Symphony in Kiev as well as the Paducah Symphony and the Central Florida Philharmonic. In high school, her family made the trip from Memphis to Huntsville weekly so she could study with Yakov Kasman. She has a BA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she studied with Dr. Kasman and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Texas Christian University where she studied with Jose Feghali. She also studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Marc Silverman and at the New England Conservatory of Music with Russell Sherman. She spent time working as a freelance accompanist in Memphis and played for numerous student recitals at the University of Memphis. She has taught students privately as well as at the Boston College of Adult Education. She is currently working an album and live concert video of Mozart and Franck sonatas she recorded in Memphis with her sister, violinist Linnaea Brophy. Expected release date is May 2017. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher. Maeve currently teaches secondary piano at Belmont University in Nashville and is an accompanist at Vanderbilt University, where she has performed numerous recitals with students, faculty, and guest artists. She is also the pianist for Kingston Springs United Methodist Church. She lives in Nashville with her 8 month old daughter.


Patricia D’Ercole

Patricia D’Ercole is a Suzuki violin teacher and teacher trainer. She completed a master’s degree with an emphasis in Suzuki with Margery Aber and, in 1988, studied in Japan with Dr. Suzuki. She has been a clinician in 22 states in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Finland, Estonia, Peru, Chile and Taiwan. Pat has written numerous articles for the American Suzuki Journal, was chair of the Suzuki Association (SAA) Board of Directors and served as a member of the SAA committees that developed Every Child Can! and the Suzuki Principles in Action courses. She was the founder and first president of the Suzuki Association of Wisconsin and has been on the planning committee for the International Research Symposium on Talent Education since its inception in 1991 and has served as its coordinator since 1995.

Through her leadership, a collection of videos which chronicles the two weeks of Dr. Suzuki’s teaching at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point in 1976, The American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: The Suzuki Method in Action, is now preserved on the web. In 2002, she was the recipient of the American Suzuki Institute’s Suzuki Chair Award and in 2008 became a Distinguished Instructional Specialist at UWSP. Pat began the UWSP Suzuki Strings Mentoring Program in 2010, an online year-long mentoring program for Suzuki teachers to improve their teaching skills while teaching in their home studios. Most recently, Pat was the Director of the Aber Suzuki Center at the UW-Stevens Point.

Patsy Fancher

Department Chair of Communications, Graphic and Fine Arts at Southwest Tennessee Community College
Professor – Graphic Arts Technology

I hold an Associate Degree in Fine Arts/Advertising from Northwest Junior College, a B.F.A. in Advertising/Commercial Art, a B.F.A. in Photography and a M.F.A. in Computer Graphics from Memphis College of Art. I have been in the Graphic Arts field for over 30 years. During my career I have been the Art Director for Satellite Dish Magazine, Artcraft Converters, DCR Graphics, and Sawtelle Printing. I also owned FancherPhillips Graphic Solutions. As well as a Freelance Graphic Designer producing package design for Snap-on-Tools, printed material for Pemko, Memphis Business Products and COGIC. I also produced COGICS’s interactive Convocation Journal and Virtual tours.

I taught for Memphis College of Art for nine years and State Technical Institute for four years as an Adjunct Instructor. I have been a fulltime Instructor at Southwest for 17 years and a Department Chair for 11 of those. I am presently the Department Chair for Communications, Graphic and Fine Arts department.

As Department Chair I provides leadership, management, planning, and advocacy for faculty and programs within the unit, which are Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, Music, Photography, Speech and Theater.

As a Professor in the Graphic Arts Technology program I teach or have taught all classes in the Print Production and Interactive Multimedia concentrations.

Lori Gilbert

Lori Gilbert is a free-lance musician and violin teacher from Memphis, Tennessee. As a child she was a Suzuki student who then became a Suzuki teacher, and is now a Suzuki mom to her three children. She completed long-term Suzuki training with Kimberly Meier-Simms and Libby Armour, and short-term training with Nancy Jackson and Ed Kreitman. She plays with the Delta Symphony as well as other local ensembles. Lori began her teaching career at age 16 and has maintained a violin studio for 18 years. After completing a Master’s degree in Violin Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Soh-Hyun Altino, she has continued her violin studies with Yoko Takebe and Michael Gilbert, formerly of the New York Philharmonic, and Joy Brown Wiener, Concertmaster Emeritus of the Memphis Symphony. Lori enjoys playing chamber music at events in the city with her violinist husband Daniel.

Rita Hauck

Rita Hauck has been a Piano teacher since 1959, and a Suzuki Piano teacher since 1974. She and her husband, Dr. Robert Hauck, were privileged to have met Dr. Suzuki in 1966, an event that changed their lives forever. Mrs. Hauck has a Bachelor of Music Degree with a major in performance, a Bachelor of Music Education Degree in both Vocal and Instrumental music K-12, a Master of Music Degree in performance, and two years of Doctoral work in keyboard studies, (Piano, harpsichord, organ , and accompanying). She has been a church organist for 55 years. From 1976-1981, she founded and directed a Suzuki School of 350 students, trained 24 Suzuki teachers, and taught Suzuki piano students at Oklahoma Wesleyan University where she was on the Piano, Organ, and Music Theory faculty. From 1981—2011, Mrs. Hauck maintained a Suzuki Piano Studio of 40+ students in her home in Cincinnati, Ohio where she lived with her husband, Robert. She has been training Suzuki piano teachers in the United States and around the world since 1976. Since 2011, Mrs. Hauck has been teaching Suzuki Piano and Organ in her home Studio in Fort Worth, Texas.

Robert Hauck

Dr. Robert Hauck has 21 years of experience as a music specialist with Cincinnati Public Schools. He has served as a consulting teacher, mentor, and team leader. He has a Bachelor of Music in Voice, A Bachelor of Music in Music Education K-12, a Master of Music in Voice and Voice Pedagogy, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice, Conducting, Opera, and Church Music. He has served as a full-time minister of music, a university professor and head of the Music Department, as well as a public school music specialist. He has Orff certification at all three levels. He has taught at Suzuki children’s Music Institutes and Workshops all across the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as in Bermuda, New Zealand and Australia.
Dr. and Mrs. Hauck were invited as International Guest clinicians to the 2009 World Suzuki Convention in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Hauck’s enrichment classes have included the teaching of Music Theory, Orff, Family Chorus, Voice Lessons, Handbells, Music and Movement, Conducting, Madrigal Singers, Broadway Musical presentations, and lectures for parents. He also possesses excellent keyboard skills. He is a Dad of four children who took Suzuki piano and string lessons from age 3 through high school. He partnered with his wife, Rita Hauck, in daily practicing with their four children, going to lessons with each of them, and participating as a dad at dozens of Suzuki Institutes and Workshops. Dr. Hauck’s classes offer the unique opportunity for a lot of fun for all ages combined with a great experience in learning, all with complete commitment to the philosophy of nurturing children and parents in a wonderful environment.

Chin-Mei Li

Chin-Mei Li, a Taiwanese cellist who came to United States for over a decade, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Cello Performance as well as a master degree in Cello Performance from the University of Memphis after her bachelor degree from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. She takes Suzuki Pedagogy in various Suzuki institutes over last couple years to obtain a holistic understanding of teaching and educational values. By taking multiple sections in the Suzuki Institute, Chin-Mei further acquired and developed her teaching techniques and communication skill.

Over the last couple years, she finished the Suzuki Pedagogy: Every Child Can (ECC) in Memphis Suzuki Institute, Book I in Virginia Suzuki institute with Tanya Carey and Grace Field , and Book 2-7 in Chicago Suzuki Institute, Barbara Wampner, Carol Tarr, and Carey Cheney. Also, she finished cello Revisiting Unit 1 and Tracing Techniques Through Cello Books 1-4 with Richard Mooney. With her background of traditional teaching method, Chin-Mei offers both traditional and Suzuki methods for the students. From year of 2009 to 2012,

Chin-Mei had the wonderful opportunity to be the orchestra manager and teacher for the Youth Orchestra of Germantown Performing Art Center in Germantown, Tennessee. Since May, 2012, she moves to Montgomery, Alabama and actively participates in community music education. Currently, Chin-Mei serves the position of education director for Montgomery Music Project and performs with Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. Chin-Mei recently opened her music studio for violin, cellos, and piano by involving local professional artists to dedicate their time for purpose of education.

Vera McCoy-Sulentic

Vera McCoy-Sulentic (violin) is Director of the Suzuki Program at SIUE. She has been a registered teacher trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas since 1991 and conducts long term Suzuki teacher training at SIUE. A frequent clinician at Suzuki workshops, she has traveled throughout the United States and Canada, and has taught in Bermuda, Sweden, Taiwan, and Brazil. She was the recipient of SIUE’s Excellence in Teaching award in 1996 and has been a faculty member and director of the SIUE Suzuki Program since 1997. Additionally, she has 10 years of string teaching experience in the public schools of Edwardsville, IL, and Eugene, OR.

In 1988, Vera earned a Masters in Music Education from SIUE which included long term teacher training with John Kendall. Other Suzuki training has been with Mihoko Hirata, Yuko Mori, Evelyn Hermann, and Doris Pruecil. Academic degrees include a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Oregon and a B.A. in French from the University of Iowa.

Mary Ann Mears

Mary Ann Mears is originally from the Memphis, TN area. She studied violin with William Starr at the University of Tennessee and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Suzuki String Techniques. She studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in Matsumoto during the summers of 1976, 1978, 1982 and 1983. She taught in the Denver, Colorado area from 1980 until 2005. While there, she was a founding member of the Suzuki Association of Colorado. Other training includes certification as a Montessori Infant and Toddler directress. She currently maintains a private violin studio in Germantown, TN.

Ali Michael

Ali Michael has grown up immersed in the Suzuki method through violin, flute and piano. She now works with children in art studies through various outlets including homeschool classes and an art studio in Hernando, MS.

Allen Moody

Allen Moody, a native Memphian, is the Orff Music specialist at Idlewild Elementary where he teaches music for kindergarten through fifth grade.  Under his direction, the Idlewild Recorder Ensemble performed at the 2014 AOSA National Conference in Nashville, TN. The Idlewild performing ensembles can be seen performing around Memphis at various pop-up concerts and the Overton Square Tree Lighting.   Allen is an active member in the Memphis Chapter of AOSA, serving as the chapter secretary from 2011 – 2013 and currently serving as the chapter program chair.  He received his B.M. in Music Education from the University of Memphis in May 2009 and received his Master of Music in Music Education in December 2016.  Allen completed his Orff certification in 2012 at the University of Memphis.  He is an approved AOSA Recorder Instructor for Orff Levels Certification courses and has presented workshop presentations at the state music conference and for local AOSA and WTGMEA chapters.

Gregory Morris

Greg Morris has been teaching more then 35 years. He began teaching in the University of Memphis Suzuki Program in 1980 and was the Coordinator of the Suzuki String Program at The University of Memphis from 2005-2016. He has been a member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Greg holds a Master of Music degree in violin pedagogy. He studied Suzuki Pedagogy with John Kendall, Allen Lieb and Yuko Honda. He now teaches privately.

Joanna Neal

Joanna Neal, a Memphis native, teaches locally through Musik Adventures, our local Kindermusik studio.  Since 2015, Joanna has shared her passion for music through singing, playing, and dancing with young children, infants through preschool age in music and movement based classes. Joanna received her degree in music education from the University of Memphis. In addition to her Bachelor of Music, she is Orff Schulwerk and trained under Libby Armour for her Suzuki violin certifications. Before her current position, Joanna spent seven years teaching in the public school system in Knoxville and Memphis. Along with teaching in the Musik Adventure program, Joanna plays with the Delta Symphony Orchestra, and enjoys playing in small  ensembles for special events around the city. Joanna loves sharing the gift of music with all children, big and small!

Myra Ann Patterson

Myra Ann Patterson is a multi-instrumentalist, music educator, and performer with fifteen years experience bringing the joy of music to students and audiences of all ages.

She plays viola with the Memphis String Quartet, fiddle with the Earthquakers contra-dance band, guitar and vocals with her trio Myra Hall and the Players, and teaches violin, fiddle, viola, and guitar at Lane Music in Germantown.

Raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina amidst the sonorous music of Appalachia, she earned her Bachelors in Music Education from Appalachian State University and Masters in Humanities from the University of Chicago where she studied ethnomusicology, anthropology, history and journalism.

While in Chicago Myra taught at the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute and played viola in the Artesian String Quartet. She wrote her master’s thesis about the Chicago blues scene, where she performed with Billy Branch, James Wheeler, and Mary Lane.

Previous to moving to Chicago, Myra performed with the Hayes String Quartet, Western Piedmont Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains, High Country Klezmorim and Lees McRae Theater. Her teachers include Nancy Bargerstock, David Yonan, Simon Ertz, Glenn Muegel, Russell Fallstad, Andy Page, Ken Lurie, and John Gloria.

Jane Kutscher Reed

Jane Kutscher Reed is an internationally recognized Suzuki Piano Teacher Trainer, Suzuki Piano Educator, Parent and Teacher Coach and Motivational Speaker from Greenville, SC. After earning a degree in Piano Performance from the University of Findlay, she found her calling in Suzuki Pedagogy. As she teaches throughout the US and other countries, she dedicates herself to promoting finer education for students, teachers and parents through deeper thinking, validated learning skills and building meaningful relationships between the child, parent and teacher.

Mrs. Reed is also an Independent Facilitator for Parenting the Love and Logic Way, a Certified Elite Life Coach, and Motivational Speaker. She premiered her course for educators, Teaching with Purpose, at Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2013.

She and her husband founded Solutionary Insights, an educational business, which is dedicated to Nurturing Thinking Minds. The unique signature of Solutionary Insights is the intertwining of the respect for the value of individuals, the belief that all are capable of excellence, and the resolve that fine and purposeful teaching and parenting develops outstanding abilities. Watch for their upcoming book, “Nurturing Thinking Minds: The Making of Thought Leaders.”™

Visit their website: www.solutionaryinsights.com

Mary Halverson Waldo

Mary Halverson Waldo received a BA in Music from the College of St Scholastica, and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, in Performance of Early Music (Recorder and Traverso). A member of Waldo Baroque and Friends, she has made guest appearances with North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Choirs (Columbia, SC), Broad River Renaissance Band, the Bach Society of Minnesota, Chatham Baroque, Pittsburgh Opera, Fayerwether Friends, and Piccolo Spoleto, Charleston.

Ms. Waldo was a faculty member at MacPhail Center for Music (Minneapolis), and the Saint Paul Conservatory (MN), where she introduced recorder and flute into the Suzuki programs. She is a regular faculty member at music institutes and festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, and England. Her teenage recorder students have won honors and awards in competitions sponsored by Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and Piffaro! She is a registered Recorder Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the European Suzuki Association.

Formerly a Music Director for the Twin Cities Recorder Guild (the MN chapter of the American Recorder Society), Ms. Waldo has been a writer for the American Recorder magazine and the American Suzuki Journal, and has served on the boards of the American Recorder Society (ARS) and the American Recorder Teachers’ Association.

Abigail Wilensky

Abigail Wilensky has been an active part of the Suzuki community since age 2 1/2, when she began violin lessons with her mother, Pam Wilensky. She continued in the University of Memphis Suzuki Program, with Kimberley Meier-Sims and Stephen Sims as her teachers. Abigail then began to study the Suzuki Method from a teacher’s perspective at Vanderbilt University, studying with Carol Smith. She completed her training at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Kimberley Meier Sims, leaving with a Masters Degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy.

Abigail has had teaching experience in a variety of settings, in Nashville, Cleveland, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and where she currently lives, in Grants Pass, Oregon. She is always inspired by the teaching philosophy that every child can learn, if given the right environment and support, and loves rising to the challenge of teaching every lesson with this philosophy as a guiding light.

Pamela Wilensky

Pamela Wilensky has been a String Specialist for Memphis City/Shelby County Schools for 20 years, teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She is the Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Orchestras at Central High School in Memphis, TN. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Music Education. She has had extensive Suzuki Teacher Training and taught in the University of Memphis Suzuki Program for 20 years. She is a co-director of Memphis Music Camp as well as Shelby County Schools’ Artsfest. She is an active performer in Memphis and with the Germantown and Delta Symphony Orchestras, and was a member of the Jackson Symphony for 20 years. Pamela is an active member of the West TN School Band and Orchestra Association, the American String Teachers Association, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and has been the State Orchestra Chair for TNMEA. She has been a guest conductor for the Memphis City Schools All-City String Festival, Jackson Symphony Music Camp, the Quad State String Festival at Murray State University, the Austin-Peay University honor Orchestra and the Alabama Honor Strings Festival. She has been on the faculty of the Memphis Suzuki Institute for many years, teaching orchestra and technique classes.