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Director, Musical Theater Composition Program

The New York Youth Symphony will launch a new program for Musical Theater Composition in fall 2018. Running parallel its current Composition Program focused on contemporary classical music, this new track will accept up to 20 students between the ages of 12-22 both as composers and lyricists. The program aims to diversify the field and sessions will be held at the Harlem School of Arts (HSA). In partnership with HSA the students’ works will be performed by NYYS and HSA students in December and May.

Description: The NYYS seeks a director to oversee the artistic and educational objectives of the program. This person will work with the NYYS Executive Director to develop the curriculum, hire an assistant director, recruit students, invite guest artists and lecturers, teach students in the program, and interact with administration, trustees, parents, and others.

The role is part time with sessions every two weeks between September and May. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience as either a composer or lyricist, but with time to take on an additional 5-10 hours/week.

To apply for the position, please send the following materials to Isabel Kim, Director of Artistic Operations,

  • Cover letter and resume/CV
  • List of previous positions and performances
  • List of upcoming performances/rehearsals
  • Press reviews, if available
  • Video of rehearsal and/or performance through a link to YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, etc.
  • Letters of recommendation (optional)

About the New York Youth Symphony: The New York Youth Symphony is one of the most awarded youth programs of its kind in the nation, recognized for its innovative, educational programs for talented young musicians.  Its mission is to educate and inspire young musicians through exceptional ensemble training and performance opportunities. Founded in 1963 as an orchestra to showcase the metropolitan area’s most gifted musicians ages 12-22, its activities have since grown to encompass programs in chamber music, conducting, composition, and jazz, with performances at world class venues including Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Through its commissioning program, First Music, the NYYS has commissioned over 150 works from young composers since 1984. Under the guidance of a new strategic plan adopted in 2017 the NYYS is focused on the development of new artistic programs with an increased focus on serving a diverse community of artists and audiences.