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Musical Theater Songwriting


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. 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 Anna Jacobs, 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 New York Film Academy, as well as a Broadway pit band.

Seminars and Performances

The Musical Theater Songwriting Program will meet weekly on Tuesdays between 5-8pm at the NYYS offices, located at 110 West 40th Street, New York, NY.

Past MTS seasons have featured as guest lecturers many of Broadway's most acclaimed artists, including Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime; Once on this Island), Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home; Jagged Little Pill), Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop), Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton; Dear Evan Hansen), Tom Kitt (Next To Normal; Jagged Little Pill), David Yazbek (The Band's Visit; Tootsie), and Helen Park (K-POP; Over the Moon).

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 in May, 2023.

Learning objectives

By the end of the season, students in the Musical Theater Songwriting 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 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


Please check the interview section of our website for eligibility and fee requirements, application information, and interview dates.

Musical Theater Songwriting Staff