Judith Palac


Dr. Palac received a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from the University of Michigan, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in violin from the University of Texas, where she was Associate Director of the University of Texas String Project. She is a specialist in string education and performing arts medicine. At Michigan State University, where she is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Music Education and Director Emeritus of the Suzuki Program, Palac founded the interdisciplinary Musicians' Wellness Team in 2004. She is a licensed Andover Educator in the somatic education method of Body Mapping. She is published in the fields of performing arts medicine, string teacher education, and the Suzuki method in such journals as American String Teacher, Michigan Music Educator, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, Bulletin for the Council for Research in Music Education. Palac has held several positions with the American String Teachers Association, including president of the Michigan chapter, national member-at-large, and chair of the Publications Committee. She was ASTA's Michigan String Teacher of the Year in 2003, and Michigan Music Educators Association Teacher of the Year in 2016. As a violinist, Palac has been a member of the Flint, Toledo, and Austin Symphony Orchestra. This is her 33rd year with the LSO!