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.


We Shall Overcome: Music and Equitable Healing|Virtual Event

Monday, April 26th at 6:30pm

With racial inequity at the forefront of our national conversation, this event is co-presented by Project STEP and Longwood Symphony to highlight the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on communities of color and to celebrate these organizations working on the frontline for social justice and healing. This virtual gathering will include performances featuring Project STEP and Longwood Symphony musicians, conversations with the artists, a presentation from healthcare leaders working for equity, and a Q&A with some of the artists.

Keynote Presentation: “Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color & Equitable Healing” with Dr. Augustus White & Dr. Mark Gebhardt


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.