Monday, June 22, 2020


Dear Songwriters:

Welcome to Round Five of Songwriters in Mufti!

At The York, we have a passionate dedication to nurturing the next generation of the musical theatre community. Our Developmental Reading Series gives writers the chance to see their work on its feet; our Musical Theatre Training Program gives intensive instruction to budding performers; everything we present is a chance for musical theatre lovers to see work they might not know.

Our Summer Musical Theatre Training Program has begun for 2020. Normally, it would be a three-week on-site intensive for middle and high school students. For obvious reasons, that can’t happen this year; instead, our Education Director, Jimmy Ludwig, is working remotely with a smaller group of students.

And so, inspired by that spirit, the assignment for this round is...

We’ve all been there. Some of us for longer than others. (I myself took ten years on and off to get through college. Then I went straight to grad school. Go fig.) And we’ve probably all got at least one good story from some point in our schooling. We’d love to hear a song that’s about school. Maybe it’s about a favorite teacher. Maybe it’s about a crush on your lab partner. Maybe it’s about that doctoral dissertation you’ve been working on since the Carter administration. Maybe it’s about a food fight in the cafetorium.

And remember: the idea here is to write a new song on a five-day Mufti rehearsal schedule (meet and greet at 10 AM Monday, final dress at 8 PM Friday).

Send a recording of your song to by 8:00 PM (EDT) on Friday, June 26th! We’d prefer video recordings, but if that’s not in the cards, we’ll accept audio recordings, too. If possible, please send files via Dropbox or similar service. Sheet music is not necessary, but if you can include a lyric sheet, please do—we’ve had a couple of requests from patrons to be able to read the lyrics.

If you’ve got any further questions, email us at and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

Also: don’t forget to check out the playlist for Round 4 on The York’s YouTube channel if you haven’t already. We’ll be posting the most-liked songs on our social media feeds over the course of this week—voting may be complete, but there’s still a lot of great work to enjoy.

Click to Hear Round 4's Submissions!

We can’t wait to hear what you come up with this week!

All best,

Seth Christenfeld

Literary Manager

* The York makes no claim of ownership on any songs written for this competition and the songwriters retain all copyright.


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