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Project STEP Names Gabriella Sana as New Executive Director

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Jun 28, 2016

Replacing long-time executive director Mary S. Jaffee, Project STEP (Boston, MA) has announced that Gabriella Sana will be the next director of the organization. Sanna joins STEP after working for over five years as executive director of Dedham School of Music.

Sanna’s particular expertise for the last 19 years has been in music education and cultural administration. In her previous role at the Dedham School of Music, Sanna built the program from the ground up, strengthening the organization’s community relations, fiscal support, and artistic programs and partnerships. Prior to Dedham, Sanna worked at the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, MA from 2004-2010 as the chair of the chamber music department. She was the artistic director of the steinway society of massachusetts piano competition from 2003-2010. Sanna herself, a classically trained pianist, has performed extensively in Europe and in the USA as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles.

“I look forward to the opportunity to work closely with outstanding teaching artists, students, and board that believes in its worthy mission,” Sanna states. “Throughout my career I have been focused and invested in supporting young musicians, and providing them with opportunities to build their future as successful people. I do believe (and studies have shown) that children exposed early in their childhood to top quality musical training will develop into successful adults, no matter what role music will play in their lives.”

About Project STEP

Project STEP is a leader among music organizations that is changing the face of the classical music profession. Recognizing that certain racial and ethnic minorities are vastly underrepresented in classical music, Project STEP’s mission is to address this imbalance by identifying musically talented children from underrepresented Boston and surrounding communities, providing them with comprehensive music and string instrument instruction. Setting the highest standards for its students, this kindergarten to college program provides mentoring and performance opportunities and creates a life-long network of support for students and their families.
 

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