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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. 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.

Audition Dates

Applications for the 2019/2020 season are closed. Please check back in June, 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.