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Starting the New Year Off
With A BANG!

 

World-renowned cellist Johannes Moser returned for the second year in a row to lead an inspirational masterclass for Project STEP. Not only were our students able to see him perform a fiery Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra earlier in the week, but they were able to work with him one-on-one and ask important questions about his life as a musician. Moser's mentorship and guidance will be a source of inspiration for our students for years to come, and we hope to see him again VERY soon!

View more photos from the event here.

Photo (above): Evelyn Rodriguez-Anton; (below): Ali Fessler

Commemorating MLK Jr.


On Monday, January 18th 2016, members of the Project STEP community gathered to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event included performances by students, faculty and staff, as well as a testimonial by Rev. Michael Haynes, a ministerial colleague of Dr. King's at Twelfth Baptist Church and grandfather to two STEP students. Continuing a new tradition, the event also included a panel discussion on the connections between Dr. King, the Black Lives Matter movement, and Project STEP. Featured on the panel and pictured above: parent Abdi Ali, WBUR radio personality Christopher Lydon, parent Yvonne Brooks, faculty Jason Amos, and student Kerby.

So Far This Year

Triple Helix Workshops
 

 
The STEP community is thrilled about this year's continuing partnership with the Triple Helix Piano Trio! Since September, the trio has already led four workshops for our students ranging in topics from Eurythmics to ensemble strategies. 

Save the date: On Sunday, April 10th, Project STEP and Triple Helix will join forces once again for a benefit concert in memory of Judith Sandler. This year's concert will also include a special collaboration with the incredible conductorless chamber orchestra A Far Cry. More details to come! 

Coming Up

Project STEP Returns to
SPHINX Competition

 
We are excited to announce that once again we have a Project STEP student who will be competing in the national SPHINX Competition for Black and Latino string players. Violinist Tristan, who is a senior in Project STEP this year, will travel to Detroit from Feb. 3 - 7 as a semi-finalist in the Junior Division of the competition. If he advances, he will perform in the Honors Concert on Friday, Feb. 5th at 12pm featuring the three Junior Division finalists accompanied by the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. The winner from the Junior Division will perform again on Sunday, February 7 at 2pm in the Finals Concert. We will send live updates from the competition on our social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) and both concerts should be livestreamed online at the Sphinx website. Please help us support Tristan in this exciting endeavor!
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