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Musical Theater Composition


The New York Youth Symphony's Musical Theater Composition Program is launching in Fall 2018. This program will lead students between the ages of 12 to 22 through a variety 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, actors, and musicians, as well as field trips to see professional productions, concerts, and developmental workshops. Sharing of student works will take place in a variety of venues throughout the year, and culminate in a public performance at one of NYC's iconic cabaret venues, Joe's Pub

Audition Dates

Auditions for the 2018/19 season are now closed. We invite you to apply for the 2019/20 season in June 2019. Please check the audition section of our website for eligibility and fee requirements, application information, and audition dates.

Before you Apply

The Musical Theater Composition Program will meet weekly from October to May on Tuesdays 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 Assistant Director of the Musical Theater Composition Program. Each applicant will be asked to share and discuss the materials they submitted as part of their online application.