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.

Senior Spotlight

Dalilah Mostoslavsky & Christian Casiano 

We are so proud of our 2021 graduating class!

Dalilah Mostoslavsky, violin, is a senior at the Boston Latin School. Dalilah auditioned into Project STEP in 2017. Dalilah serves as a student mentor at Project STEP and meets with younger students to help them develop musical skills. In the fall, Dalilah plans to study Mechanical Engineering and Comparative Literature at New York University.

Christian Casiano, violin, is a senior at St. Sebastian’s School. He has been with Project STEP since the age of 5, joining through our Kindergarten FOCUS program. In the fall, Christian plans to pursue a double major at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where he was awarded a Presidential Music Scholarship.

Congratulations to Christian and Dalilah!



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.