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. 

Date: January 17 - 19, 2020

Place: Hulsey Center, UAB, Birmingham

Registration Deadline: November 15, 2019

To read more about our visiting faculty, click 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.





Friday between 4pm - 4:45pm on the first floor of UAB's Hulsey Center, 950 13th Street South. There is free parking starting at 4pm in the lot across the street. There will be a brief orientation at 4:45pm in Hulsey Recital Hall.


Friday Jan 17
4pm check-in/orientation

5pm classes

6pm potluck dinner

7pm Bayberry String Quartet concert


Saturday Jan 18

10am - 12:30pm classes

12:30 - 1:30pm lunch break

1:30 - 4:30pm classes

7pm Alabama Symphony Orchestra concert [discount tickets for workshop participants may be available]


Sunday Jan 19

1:00 - 4:00pm classes

4:00pm final student performance in Hulsey Recital Hall

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.



On Friday there will be a potluck dinner for participants and their families. To sign up for the Friday potluck dinner, please click the link below - 

Participants are on their own for the remainder of the meals. 


For questions about workshop registration and billing, contact Troy Bast at (205) 440-3611 or info@stepbirmingham.com. For questions about the music and workshop schedule, contact Laura Usiskin at (847) 650-9250 or lusiskin@gmail.com. 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

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Violin lessons, viola lessons, and cello lessons for students ages 4 to adult

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Tel: 205-440-3611

Email: info@stepbirmingham.com


3201 Lorna Road

Birmingham, AL 35216