New York Youth Symphony
|Start||September 1, 2023|
The New York Youth Symphony is seeking a new Director for its Musical Theater Songwriting Program
(MTS), launched in 2018. MTS is now in its 5th season in partnership with NYC Department of Education,
Harlem School of the Arts, and the Molloy/CAP21 Theatre Arts Program. The goal of the program is to
diversify the voices on Broadway in the long term.
MTS is designed to lead students through a range of musical theater songwriting processes. In
interactive weekly sessions, students study musical theater conventions, develop key songwriting skills,
explore the complex relationship between music and language, discover the power of writer and
performer collaborations, and receive guidance and feedback in a safe and open environment. This
season will feature renowned guest artists, including Masi Asare, John-Andrew Morrison, Brian Charles
Rooney, Latoya Edwards, Sushma Saha, Adam Gwon, Amanda Green, James Lapine, among others. The
program will culminate in May at Joe’s Pub showcasing original student works performed by students
from NYYS, HSA, CAP21, and a professional Broadway pit band.
Description: The NYYS seeks a director to oversee the artistic and educational objectives of the program.
This person will work with the NYYS Executive Director to develop the curriculum, hire an assistant
director, recruit students, invite guest artists and lecturers, teach students in the program, and interact
with administration, trustees, parents, and others.
The role is part time with weekly or bi-weekly sessions between September and May. The ideal
candidate will have extensive experience as a composer, lyricist, and educator, as well as formal training
in songwriting from a tertiary institution or professional equivalent such as the BMI Workshop, etc.
About NYYS: The Grammy-winning New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) was founded in 1963 to showcase
the metropolitan area’s most gifted young orchestral musicians. The organization has grown
significantly since then, adding programs in chamber music (1983), conducting (1993), composition
(2000), jazz (2002), and musical theater songwriting (2018). In 1984, the NYYS established First Music,
which has commissioned more than 170 new works from America’s best young orchestral, jazz, and
chamber music composers since 1984, each of which has received its world premiere by an NYYS
ensemble. NYYS alumni now total over 7,000, including many of the world’s most notable musicians and
conductors. Young alumni can be found at leading conservatories and music schools, and launching
careers with major orchestras, Broadway tours, and chamber ensembles.
For more information about the NYYS, please visit www.nyys.org.
How to Apply
To apply for the position, please send the following materials to Jeremiah Adriano, Director of Artistic
Planning, via email to [email protected]:
• Cover letter
• Combined artistic and teaching resume (including educational background)
• Press (such as reviews or interviews)
• 3-5 video and/or audio work samples through a link to YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, etc.
• List of references