Artistic Director

Project STEP is a string instrument training program for musically talented children of color who are underrepresented within the field of classical music. More than just a music education program, STEP is a tightly knit community of students, families, and mentors who support one another to create an atmosphere of encouragement and responsibility. The comprehensive and long-term instruction that our students receive also teaches fundamental life skills including problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking. Project STEP envisions a world in which the classical music profession reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of our community.

In 2014, the program was awarded the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities’ National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, and has recently been featured on PBS, NPR, and other local and national news outlets. Its success is a matter of record: graduates are currently attending colleges including Juilliard, Harvard, Hofstra, New England Conservatory, Princeton, Syracuse, and Yale. Since the first graduating class over 30 years ago, 100% of Project STEP graduates have gone on to conservatory or college.

Project STEP is searching for a talented individual to join the organization in the position of Artistic Director.
This position is available starting July 1, 2017.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Project STEP Executive Director (ED), the Artistic Director (AD) serves as the key artistic leader of Project STEP, and works closely with the Executive Director to develop programs so that Project STEP fulfills its mission. S/he also works closely with the Artistic Advisor, Artistic Coordinator, and Communications Coordinator in the implementation of all artistic activities. The Artistic Director is responsible for all aspects of the students’ musical training and enrichment. Job duties for this position include but are not limited to: student selection and monitoring, establishment of program artistic standards, teacher selection and monitoring, curriculum design, growth, communication with parents and outside constituents, building and maintaining relationships with collaborating artists, and coordination/design of events and performances. 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Music degree in a string instrument, a minimum of 5 years of experience in non-profit music/arts administration, as well as a demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented communities. The ideal candidate is an organized yet dynamic, creative, and outgoing individual who sets and promotes high standards in string training education. S/he has the following qualifications:

  • Experience supervising teaching artists and managing families and students
  • Strong presence within the Boston performing arts community
  • Extensive knowledge of string repertoire
  • Robust interpersonal communication and collaboration skills
  • A strong awareness of and support for Project STEP’s mission
  • Understanding of cultural competency as it relates to the classical music profession
  • Ability to prioritize work and manage deadlines
  • Ability to work closely and collaboratively with a small group of core staff members
  • Experience communicating effectively and respectfully with students and families of various beliefs, cultures, identities, and backgrounds.
  • Deep understanding of the barriers that students of color face as they navigate the world of classical music
  • Strong computer skills; experience with music notation software a plus
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and share office space

This position is 32 hours per week with the possibility of becoming full-time. Weekend and occasional evening hours are required. Project STEP offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, as well as health and retirement plans.

Review of resumes will begin immediately. Candidates should submit a cover letter, current resume, and three references to Executive Director Gabriella Sanna at

The deadline for applications is June 5, 2017.