Group of Project STEP Students with Owen Young

Core Values


We believe that the classical music profession should reflect racial and ethnic diversity.


We believe that children, if identified at an early age and immersed in long-term, rigorous music instruction, can flourish as professional classical musicians and as individuals, regardless of their ultimate career choice.


We believe that our students can reach their full potential when held to high standards and provided with the support and active engagement of teachers, mentors, family members, and alumni.


We believe that music can change lives and that the disciplined study of classical music enhances educational opportunities and opens doors for our students and their communities.

Vision Statement

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


Two Project STEP Students


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 children from underrepresented Boston and surrounding communities, providing them with comprehensive music and string instrument instruction. We set the highest standards for our students, provide mentoring and performance opportunities, and create a network of support for our students, their families, and their communities.