Project STEP

Symphony Hall 301 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Date Posted:
October 25, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Artistic Director


Project STEP seeks an experienced and visionary Artistic Director. The successful candidate serves as the key artistic leader of Project STEP. This position works closely with the Executive Director to develop and implement the artistic vision, while leading youth development in line with Project STEP’s mission and core values. Project STEP is a string training education program for talented young musicians from communities that are historically underrepresented in classical music.  

This position is responsible for the planning and implementation of Project STEP’s string instrument curriculum for grades K-12 (FOCUS & Core programs). Both individual teaching artists and institutional partners teach our roster of classes. Additionally, this person is responsible for managing a strong performance calendar to include weekly recitals, workshops or master classes in addition to outside performances by the student musicians.

Position Essential Duties and Responsibilities

   • Create, implement and evaluate curriculum, ensuring staff and independent contractors have a clear understanding of the vision and mission of Project STEP 

   • Provide guidance and mentorship to students and their families in correlation to their musical development; topics ranging from summer music camp selection to the college audition process

   • Facilitate student progress reports and of end-of-year evaluations

   • Manage and organize all aspects of the student class and performance schedule

   • Manage a comprehensive student recruitment and retention strategy

   • Recruit and hire faculty, in collaboration with the ED, to fulfill the program vision

   • Review and approve faculty and teaching artist invoices

   • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with collaborating artists and community partners

   • Provide clear, consistent and efficient communication with program stakeholders and outside constituents

   • Serve as the Student Advocate for the BEAM initiative (

   • Manage programming budget

   • Coordinate and design events and performances, including but not limited to the following duties:

         o Coordinate musicians, including students, accompanists and guest artists as applicable

         o Create and format written program

         o Work in collaboration with the ED to book event space and other vendors as needed

• Candidate is a string musician, preferably with a degree in music
• Experience in designing youth programs focused on classical music coupled with a successful track record of sustainable implementation and execution of large-scale projects
• Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity in the arts
• Extensive knowledge of string repertoire
• Demonstrated experience supervising and collaborating with teaching artists
• Understanding of the diverse perspectives of stakeholders and ability to work with them to resolve differences
• Experience working in community settings with a track record of achieving shared goals and successful program execution with multiple stakeholders and agendas
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrable ability to effectively facilitate meetings and present publicly
• Ability to work well on a team and in a high-pressure, multi-tasking environment
• Ability to think strategically, and to balance day-to-day operations with long-term planning
• Ability to work most Saturdays, typically 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, September – May

How To Apply:

Project STEP is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are dedicated to hiring employees who reflect the communities we serve and strongly encourage applications from candidates of color. 

Please send both a cover letter and resume to Alyssa Lee, Executive Director either by: 

   • email: with subject line “Artistic Director Application”

   • or mail to the following address: Alyssa Lee, Executive Director; Project STEP, Symphony Hall; 301 Massachusetts Avenue; Boston, MA 02115

Position open until filled. 
Apply by:
November 03, 2019
$60,000 - $70,000
About this Organization:

Project STEP is an independent, non-profit organization that is sponsored by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston University School of Music, and the New England Conservatory. Founded in 1982, Project STEP’s purpose is to address the historic under-representation of musicians of color in the classical music profession by providing world-class musical training to gifted young musicians of color. STEP provides rigorous, selective, comprehensive string training to students from age six to eighteen.