We envision a world in which the classical music profession reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of our communities.

Since 1982, Project STEP (String Training Education Program) has provided talented young musicians that identify with historically underrepresented groups in classical music with comprehensive music instruction.

Student Spotlight

Alma and Amalia Chavez Shirman, violinists

Left: STEP students (and sisters!) Amalia and Alma perform Bach’s Minuet No. 2 for Brookhaven residents. 

On Sunday, April 11th, Project STEP students took part in a virtual concert and Q&A session with our friends at Brookhaven at Lexington. While our students can’t wait to get back to performing live, it was such a treat to share solo and chamber performances with their residents. Thank you to everyone at Brookhaven for having us!


Students in Project STEP’s Core program receive sustained, individualized training for up to 12 years on violin, viola, cello, or bass (with instruments provided by STEP). Most weekly training occurs on Saturdays during the academic year in practice rooms at Symphony Hall or the New England Conservatory (NEC), and in teachers’ private studios. A sample of classes includes private lessons, music theory, chamber music, orchestra and host of additional enrichment and performance opportunities.