May 19, 2021

Dear Students, Families, Faculty, Supporters, and Friends,

Thank you for helping Project STEP complete an amazing 39th season! We recently wrapped up a successful end of year Spring Recital & Parent Benefit featuring and celebrating all 57 of our students—from our very youngest, all the way up to our most experienced.

While last year was a year of transition, this year has been one of boldness, resiliency, and risk taking for our students. This has also been a year full of loss, success, struggle, and ultimately, of perseverance. I applaud all of you for putting in the time, energy, and hard work. And special congratulations to our 2 graduating seniors who will be heading to college in the fall— Dalilah to New York University and Christian to Furman University!

As we approach four decades of bringing racial equity to the world of classical music, I wanted to celebrate some of our favorite highlights from this year, including:

Collaborations with: 

Ashmont Hill Chamber Music

Castle of Our Skins


Elmar Oliveira Competition

The Florida Orchestra Prodigy Strings

King Boston

Longwood Symphony Orchestra

Winsor Music

Performances at: 

Brookhaven at Lexington

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Longy School of Music

Rockport Music

Masterclasses with: 

Apple Hill String Quartet

Omer String Quartet

Johannes Moser, cellist 

Sirena Huang, violinist

Performance workshops with: 

Lev Mamuya, cellist

Lucia May, violinist 

Francesca McNeeley, cellist 

Michal Shein, cellist

Mentoring opportunities with: 


The Back to Bach Project 

Older Project STEP students working with younger STEP students

Enrichment workshops on: 

Injury Prevention/Body Mapping for Musicians


Tips on Effective Practicing

Speaker series presentations at:  

Boston Conservatory at Berklee

UMass Amherst

Wheaton College

Summer camp visits from: 

Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI)

Rivers School Conservatory


Point Counterpoint

NEC Summer Orchestra Institute

We wish you a relaxing summer and hope you and your loved ones remain healthy and safe.

With deep gratitude,

Javier Caballero

Artistic Director