February 18, 2022

Project STEP welcomes Josué Gonzalez as Executive Director. Josué comes to Project STEP having recently served as the Director of Education for Rockport Music. His professional career has been centered in music education, having previously served as a teacher and Program Director for the El Sistema Music Program at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston. 

A trained classical cellist, Josué holds a B.M. and M.M. in Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is a graduate of the Perrone Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership. In 2017 he received an Emerging Leader Award from the Arts Schools Network (ASN) for his work in the music education field and was a prize winner at the 2011 Sphinx Competition. 

“I am so very thrilled to be joining Project STEP! For forty years, this organization has been a trailblazer in music education, doing the kind of work that many others are just now starting to tackle. I look forward to working with students, families, staff and board members to hone Project STEP’s many strengths. Together, we will engage the creative power of the arts to inspire a whole new generation of dreamers and music makers.” Jo sué Gonzalez 

“Hiring Josué Gonzalez as the new Executive Director for Project STEP, was the unanimous decision of both the Search Committee and the Board of Directors.  Josué‘s experience, knowledge, and expertise made that decision an easy one; and we are eager and ready to work with him in the years ahead, as he provides the leadership necessary to fulfill our collective vision of ‘changing the face of classical music’ by providing rigorous, quality music education to students from underrepresented communities.” – Diane M. Austin, President, Board of Directors 

“Josué brings his passion for music, social justice, and community arts education to Project STEP. His voice is highly respected in the music community and he is a visionary leader with the ability to build organizations around equity and equality to make real change. We look forward to supporting and working alongside Josué as he leads us forward in our mission and vision.”
– Collective statement from the staff of Project STEP