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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. Weekly sessions will feature seminars, workshops, and masterclasses with some of Broadway's most distinguished composers, writers, performers, musicians, producers, directors, and, designers, as well as field trips to see professional productions and concerts. 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. 

Audition Dates

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

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.

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. 

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 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.


The application fee for the 2019/2020 season is $95. In addition to the application fee, there is a $350 registration fee upon acceptance into the program. Financial aid and work-study opportunities are available.

What to Expect at Your Audition

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.