Tom Kitt to Lead Virtual Masterclass at New York Youth Symphony

The New York Youth Symphony is excited to announce Tom Kitt as the lead for a new Virtual Masterclass, taking place on February 23rd from 6 to 8:30 pm. Tom is a professional composer, arranger and orchestrater for Broadway plays such as Next to Normal and Then/If. The masterclass will feature songs written and composed by the NYYS Musical Theater Songwriting students, as performed by students from Harlem School of the Arts and the New York Film Academy

Led by Director Anna K. Jacobs, the NYYS MTS program invites musical theater lovers to tune in live on Zoom or YouTube Live, to see Mr. Kitt share constructive feedback with students, as well as insights into his own creative and professional journey.

Tom Kitt

Tom Kitt has had a remarkable career in musical theater. His numerous accolades include Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010, as well as two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. Tom’s most recent projects include The Visitor at the Public Theater and Flying Over Sunset at Lincoln Center Theater. Currently, Tom is a recording artist at Sony Masterworks and has begun recording his debut album, since Summer 2020.

Tom Kitt has carved out an astonishing, singular career as a theater artist. He is deeply admired by the aspiring young composer-lyricists in our MTS program, which is why we are so thrilled to have him leading a masterclass this season.

Anna K. Jacobs, Director

The New York Youth Symphony is the most awarded youth program of its kind in the nation, recognized for its innovative educational programs for talented young musicians.  Founded in 1963 as an orchestra to showcase the metropolitan area’s most gifted musicians ages 12-22, its activities have since grown to encompass programs in jazz, chamber music, conducting, composition, and musical theater songwriting, with performances at world class venues including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Public Theater. Through its commissioning program, First Music, the NYYS has commissioned over 165 works from young composers since 1984.

Registration for the Zoom webinar will open February 16.

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