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

Meet the Musician Series| Meet Avianna

Meet 3rd grade cellist, Avianna. Enjoy Avianna’s performance of the Chorus from “Judas Maccabeus” by George Frideric Handel, and learn what she enjoys most about being a student at Project STEP.


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.