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Faculty Spotlight: Judy Palac

Judy PalacThe Suzuki Program honored its founder and director emeritus, Dr. Judy Palac, on May 6 at the Spring Suzuki Strings Concert. During Palac's 25 years with the Suzuki program, approximately 3,000 local children have learned music through the Suzuki method at MSU.

At the concert, former and current Suzuki students and teachers recognized Palac and honored her work with a performance of Bach's Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, 1st mvt.

"The piece was chosen because it is part of the standard Suzuki violin/viola repertoire," said Susanne Garber, director of the CMS Suzuki program. "Every student learns both the 1st violin and 2nd violin/viola parts, and it is considered to be one of many plateaus to reach during the journey of the Suzuki experience."

Palac was presented with a plaque, and many members of the community made donations in her honor, which will be used toward financial aid for Suzuki students.

"My favorite part of working with Judy is her dedication to the [Suzuki] program," said Garber. "She has contributed so much to the program and I've learned so much from her. She is a wonderful, warm, caring individual, and I've been lucky to have a colleague like her."

 

Originally published in the May/June 2010 CMS e-newsletter.

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