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Project STEP (String Training Education Program) recognizes that certain racial and ethnic minorities are vastly underrepresented in classical music. Our mission is to address this imbalance by identifying musically talented underrepresented students from Boston and surrounding communities, providing them with comprehensive music and string instrument instruction. We set the highest standards for disciplined study and performance, and offer a platform for students interested in pursuing classical music careers as well as other courses of study.
- We envision a world in which the classical music profession reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of our communities.
- Founded in 1982.
- Long-term program (K-12 out of school program).
- 100% of Project STEP graduates have gone on to college or conservatory.
- Approximately 60% of Project STEP alumni are in the classical music field.
- In 2014 the organization was awarded a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award through the Obama Administration.
- In 2016 Project STEP students and alumni played for President Obama's State Dinner at the White house in honor of the relationship between Singapore and the United States.
- To date (2019) the core program has the largest class in history of 62 students.
- Project STEP not only provides string training, but also teaches fundamental life skills including problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking. We are proud that the lessons our students learn at STEP will resonate with them as they become adults and leaders of our community.