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STEP invites the public to SHARE THE MUSIC!

Join us for our 30th annual


SATURDAY, MAY 11th at 6:30 pm

at SOUTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 45 Maple St. Springfield 01105

All are invited to see our beginning and Suzuki book 1 students in the free Twinkle prelude at 6:15pm.

This family-friendly concert will be an artistic feast for our community, with folk music from Africa, Europe and the Americas; classics by Bach, Brahms, Sarasate and Schumann; and movie music from Fiddler on the Roof and The Return of the King (from the LOTR trilogy) in South Church’s stunning High Gothic sanctuary.


You’ll be amazed by the polished, uplifting performance of the STEP Suzuki Strings, comprised of STEP teachers, friends, alumni and students aged 6 to adult!  STEP will present its 30th Annual Suzuki String Serenade, a concert to benefit STEP’s Scholarship and Instrument Loan Fund, in the beautiful and historic sanctuary of South Congregational Church, Springfield. South Congregational is located at 45 Maple St. behind the Classical Condominiums in Springfield, with plenty of free parking.

STEP Suzuki Strings perform You Raise Me Up on the 2018 Suzuki String Serenade

Please support our efforts to make high-quality string music accessible to the Greater Springfield community!  For tickets or more information, call Lani Bortfeld, director, at (860)265-2879.  Se habla español.

 Director Lani Bortfeld leads STEP's newest students in a demonstration of how we learn Suzuki violin.  

Above director Lani Bortfeld leads STEP’s newest students in a demonstration of how we learn Suzuki violin.  Dr. Suzuki believed that all children can learn, and so do we!

We will be starting our beginning class of students and Home Teachers this summer and fall.  Come observe a class to see how we learn through focus and having fun.  Beginning “pre-Twinkle” classes meet biweekly on Wednesdays at 5:30pm at South Congregational Church, which is located at 45 Maple St. behind the Classical Condominiums in Springfield.  There’s plenty of free parking.  Please let us know you are coming so we can meet you at the door.  We look forward to your visit!

STEP thanks South Congregational Church, the Springfield Suzuki Partnership (SSP), STEP’s parent/teacher organization, and friends and alumni for making STEP’s 17th year of music ministry possible!  

A young STEP student performs her solo with pride!

Our young students have practiced many hours with the encouragement of their families, and are taught using the highest standards.STEP gave a free interfaith sing-along in December 2018 at the Springfield Central Library’s Rotunda.  Opening with Jingle Bell Rock, the audience then joined in the sing-along with music of the holidays of Chanukah, Christmas and Reyes.

STEP presented its 29th Annual Suzuki String Serenade in the beautiful and historic sanctuary of South Congregational Church, Springfield on May 19, 2018.  The concert benefited the STEP Scholarship  & Instrument Fund, which provides need-based financial aid and the loan of instruments to low-income families STEP students in Greater Springfield and Northern CT.

The concert opened with an arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture for strings, trumpet and percussion, continued with classics by Bach, Beethoven, Handel and Mozart, STEP soloists chosen by audition, Corelli’s La Follia  performed by Director Lani Bortfeld and friends, a lovely string version of You Raise Me Up, Celtic music, folk music from Germany, Hungary and Mexico and  the spiritual Michael Row the Boat Ashore.The audience was impressed by the high quality performances of the STEP soloists, chosen by audition, and sang along to the concert finale, De Colores.

Listen to some of our holiday performances on Youtube: – Las Navidades – Jingle Bells – Dreydl & Days of Chanukah – O Jerusalem