How to Apply


The registration deadline for May auditions will be April 15, 2017. Please call the Project STEP office for inquiries and to register for the audition list. We will contact parents in April/May about the audition date for Spring 2017.

There are two ways to apply for Project STEP:

  1. FOCUS program (for Kindergarteners)
  2. Audition (for Grades 1-11)

If your child is entering Kindergarten (5 years old) they can apply for our FOCUS program in December of their Kindergarten year—classes start at the end of January. For more information about applying, please visit our FOCUS page.

If your child is in Grades 1-11 AND already plays a string instrument, they can sign up to audition for Project STEP in May. After reading the audition and eligibility requirements below, you should contact the office to sign up for the auditions in May:

Audition Requirements (click on Grade Level below):

Youth Preparatory Division (Grades 1-3)
Preparatory Division (Grades 4-7)
Pre-College Division (Grades 8-12)

Students from underrepresented communities (Black or Latino) that are currently in Grades 1-11 in public, private, parochial, charter, or home schools in Boston and surrounding areas, can apply to audition for Project STEP.

Project STEP 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 communities and 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. For questions about eligibility, please contact:

If your child is in Grades 1-11 but DOES NOT already play a string instrument, you can click here for a list of other area music schools and programs that we recommend where you can register your child to begin music lessons (financial aid is available). Once your child is able to meet the audition requirements for their grade level (listed above), they can then sign up to audition for Project STEP.

If you have any questions, please contact the Project STEP office at