The STEP Birmingham Chamber Music Workshop aims to foster camaraderie, communication, and beauty through high quality music making. Seasoned guest artists from around the country will travel to Birmingham to work with workshop participants. STEP hopes that the weekend proves to be a positive, enriching experience for all involved. 

Before the Workshop

Participants should practice and learn their parts to the best of their abilities. Listen to multiple recordings of the piece. If you need assistance finding recordings, contact STEP.  

What to Bring

Instrument, bow, case, pencil, individual part AND score in a folder. Cello players should bring an endpin strap as well as a chair if the participant does not use a standard folding-sized chair.  









Participants will receive individual schedules at check-in. Here is what to expect:


4:00 - 4:40pm Check-in

4:40 - 5:00pm Introductory meeting in Hulsey Recital Hall

5:00 - 6:00pm Classes

6:00 - 7:00pm Potluck dinner

7:00 - 8:15pm Concert by the Bayberry String Quartet in Hulsey Recital Hall (mandatory) 



10:00am - 4:30pm Classes (one-hour lunch break 12:30 - 1:30)

7:00pm Alabama Symphony Orchestra concert at the Alys Stephens Center.

(In addition to its standard $10 student tickets, the symphony has generously offered the special 20% off discount code “Prokofiev20” for workshop parents and adult participants.)



1:00 - 4:00pm Classes

4:00 - 5:00pm Final concert featuring workshop participants

At the Workshop

Participants will receive coachings (i.e. lessons with their group on their pieces) as well as a variety of enrichment classes. Most participants have a one-hour break at some point, and some older groups have scheduled rehearsal time on their own. Parents are not required to stay, though younger participants may benefit from having an adult help them find their rooms.



  • Friday dinner: The STEP Birmingham Parent Group is kindly organizing a potluck dinner.

  • Saturday lunch: Participants are responsible for their own lunch between 12:30 - 1:30. There are some tables and couches in Hulsey for those who bring their own lunch as well as quick food options a short drive away. 

  • Participants are responsible for all other meals



For questions about workshop registration and billing, contact Troy Bast at (205) 440-3611 or For questions about the music and workshop schedule, contact Laura Usiskin at (847) 650-9250 or During workshop hours, there will be someone available on the first floor of Hulsey to answer questions. If no one is available, and/or in case of an emergency, contact Troy Bast at (205) 440-3611.  

STEP Birmingham