Pennsylvania-raised and NYC-based, composer/lyricist Mason Emmert writes, sings, plays, arranges, music-directs, and otherwise oversees musical storytelling across media.

Photo: Ryan Nava Media, 2021

His work draws on a variety of styles, from folk and pop singer-songwriters (Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor) to musical theater classic and contemporary (Stephen Schwartz, Howard Ashman, Anais Mitchell). In 2017, Mason’s undergraduate thesis, Three Psalms, a four-movement work for SATB unaccompanied choir, premiered at Haverford College. The following spring, he composed an original score for Bryn Mawr College’s production of Mr Burns: a post-electric play. Since then, Mason has performed and music directed in educational, religious, and elder care settings in the Philadelphia area, with a focus on teaching and empowering expression for performers of every age.

This summer, Mason received his Masters degree from BerkleeNYC in Writing & Design for Musical Theater; his thesis musical Burn (co-written with Patrick Deane Greeley) is in the process of further development. Mason resides in East Harlem with his partner and 2 cats.