Musical Theater Songwriting

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Musical Theater Songwriting Program

Program Overview

The New York Youth Symphony’s Musical Theater Songwriting Program (MTS) is designed to lead students through a range of musical theater songwriting processes. Whether their background is as a classical composer, singer-songwriter, performer, writer, or some cool hyphenate, this program will provide students with the opportunity to both study the fundamentals of musical theater songwriting and take artistic risks. Led by Director Michael Kooman, weekly sessions will feature seminars, workshops, and masterclasses with some of Broadway’s most distinguished composers, writers, performers, musicians, producers, directors, and designers. Throughout the year, students will also have the unique opportunity to workshop new material with performers from the Harlem School of the Arts and Molloy/CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory, as well as a Broadway pit band.

This year’s group of guest artists include: Kait Kerrigan (The Mad Ones, The Great Gatsby), August Eriksmoen (Only Murders in the Building, A Christmas Story, Bright Star), Adam Gwon (Ordinary Days, Scotland, PA), Mark Sonnenblick (Theater Camp, Spirited, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile), Ben Fankhauser (Newsies) and Kara Lindsay (Newsies).

By the end of the season, students in the MTS program will:

  • Learn how to develop musical theater stories and characters
  • Learn how to craft a musical theater song lyric
  • Develop music composition and arranging skills
  • Develop music publishing and music production skills
  • Practice collaboration with other young writers and performers
  • Practice giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Develop confidence in performing and presenting original work
  • Gain an exclusive window into the professional musical theater world
  • Discover how different musical theater artists have carved out a career for themselves
  • Become part of a creative, supportive, and inclusive community of young artists

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