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

Amir Ali

“Say A Name” by BSO bassist Lawrence Wolfe, was written in response to the nationwide protests following the murder of George Floyd. This arrangement for string quartet features a collaboration between BSO members, Ashleigh Gordon from Castle of Our Skins, and our very own Project STEP student, Amir Ali.

Amir is entering his junior year of high school and has been a violin student at Project STEP since 2009. We are so proud that he volunteered his time for this powerful collaboration – check out the video now!


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.