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Musical Theater Songwriting

Audition Info

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

Applications for the 2019/2020 orchestra season are closed. Please check back in May 2020 for the 2020/2021 season application.

Led by Director Anna K. Jacobs, the New York Youth Symphony's Musical Theater Songwriting Program is specially designed to lead students between the ages of 12 to 22 through a range of musical theater songwriting processes. In weekly seminars, students will learn about key songwriting tools, explore the relationship between music and language, discover the power of writer and performer collaborations, and foster an artistic community. They will discover the world of professional musical theater through visits from Broadway producers, directors, choreographers, designers, composers, librettists, actors, and musicians, as well as field trips to see professional productions and concerts. Sharing of student works will take place throughout the year and culminate in a public performance at one of NYC's iconic cabaret venues, Joe's Pub

We encourage each applicant to review the guidelines on this page to make sure that they can fulfill the commitment to the program before applying. If you have questions, please contact the NYYS office at (212) 581-5933.

Age Eligibility

New York Youth Symphony serves students between the ages of 12 and 22. In order to participate in the 2019/2020 season, the applicant's birth date must be no earlier than May 31, 1997 and no later than November 1, 2007, inclusive. Please do not apply if your birth date falls outside of these dates as you will not be eligible for the program and we are not able to refund your application fee.

Seminars and Performances

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

Students' works are read and workshopped throughout the season, culminating in a final performance at the annual Songwriter Showcase concert in May 2020.


The application fee for the 2019/2020 season is $95. In addition to the application fee, there is a $355 registration fee upon acceptance into the program. Financial aid and work-study opportunities are available.

What to Expect at Your Audition

Interviews will be held on September 21 and 22 at the NYYS offices at 110 W. 40th Street, Suite 1503, New York, NY 10018.

At your interview you will meet with the Director and/or Assistant Director of the Musical Theater Songwriting Program. Each applicant will be asked to share and discuss the materials they submitted as part of their online application.