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The STEP Birmingham Chamber Music Workshop is open to violin, viola, and cello students of all ages and levels and aims to foster camaraderie, communication, and beauty through quality music making. This year, STEP welcomes back the Bayberry String Quartet as featured teaching artists with additional faculty including improvisor Melanie Rodgers and Feldenkreis instructor Margaret Pittenger. Workshop activities include chamber coachings, electives, a performance by the BSQ, and a final concert featuring all participants.

Date: March 10 - 12, 2023

Place: Alabama School of Fine Arts, 1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd, 35203. The entrance is between 18th and 19th St just south of 9th Ave N, pinned here


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's a tentative schedule:

Friday, March 10, 2023

5:00pm Check-in

5:30 - 6:30pm Classes

6:30pm Potluck on the second floor

7:15pm concert by the Bayberry String Quartet


Saturday, March 11, 2023

10:00am - 12:30pm Classes

12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch

1:30 - 4:30pm Classes

Sunday, March 12, 2023 

1:00 - 4:00pm Classes

4:00 - 5:00pm Final concert featuring all 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.


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 In case of an emergency, contact Troy Bast at (205) 440-3611.  

STEP Birmingham

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