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Musical Theater Composition

Audition Info

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the New York Youth Symphony's Musical Theater Composition Program. 

The New York Youth Symphony's Musical Theater Composition Program is launching in September 2018. This program will teach students between the ages of 12 to 22 the process for writing and composing musicals. Weekly seminars will focus on subjects including history, form and style, production, and more. Industry professional including producers, directors, composers, actors, and more, will visit to share their insight and experiences. Performances of student works will take place in December, March, and May. 

Audition Dates

We are now accepting applications for the 2018/19 season. Start your application here.

Audition interviews will be held September 15-16, 208.

Before you Apply

The Musical Theater Composition Program will meet weekly from October to May on Mondays between 4:30-7:30pm at the Harlem School for the Arts.

Age Eligibility

New York Youth Symphony serves students between the ages of 12 and 22. In order to participate in a NYYS Program, the applicant's birthdate must be no earlier than May 17, 1996 and no later than November 17, 2006, inclusive. Please do not apply if your birthdate falls outside of these dates as you will not be eligible for the program and we are not able to refund your application fee.


The application fee for the 2018/2019 season is $95. In addition to the application fee, there is a $350 registration fee upon acceptance into the program. Application waivers, financial aid and work-study opportunities are available for students to recoup the Registration and Audition fees. Download the work-study and scholarship application here.

What to Expect at Your Audition

At your interview you will meet with the Director and/or Associate Director of the Musical Theater Composition Program. Each applicant is asked to bring a minimum of one recent composition (score and recording) that will be discussed. MIDI files are acceptable.