About Project STEP

We envision a world in which the classical music profession reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of our communities.

Around 1980, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra community began asking questionsabout the make-up and future of classical music:

William Moyer, then-Orchestra Personnel Manager of the BSO, was charged with finding musicians of color to audition for open spots in the orchestra. He crisscrossed the country and could not find any that had the extensive music training required to take these auditions. His conclusion: “If we’re serious about this, we must start a program.” With initial support from the Boston Symphony and others in the Boston area, he helped design and launch Project STEP (String Training Education Program) to provide that comprehensive and long-term training, and a lasting connection to the surrounding community.

The program opened its doors in 1982 with 7 students, and graduated its first two students in 1988.  Since that time we have introduced 1,500 children to music through our FOCUS on the Public Schools and core programs.  Every Project STEP graduate – 100% – has gone on to college or conservatory.