Young Artists Keyboard Academy

About Young Artists Keyboard Academy

The Young Artists Keyboard Academy (YAKA) at Missouri State University is a week-long intensive experience for pre-college students (Ages: 12-18) of classical piano and organ. The YAKA offers a well-rounded curriculum that includes concerts, individual lessons from faculty, musicianship training, and college preparation. Students are taught by Missouri State University’s internationally-acclaimed keyboard faculty. 

Each student declares a principal (piano or organ) and secondary instrument (piano or organ) and private lessons on both instruments will be given (no prior experience is needed on the secondary instrument). Ear Training placement tests will be given on Sunday, July 21st. YAKA concludes with an Honors Recital and a Final Recital in the C. Minor Recital Hall of the Ellis Hall.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Wei-Han Su, Piano / Keyboard Area Coordinator

Dr. Jeremy Chesman, Organ

Dr. Minju Choi, Piano

Dr. Hye-Jung Hong, Piano

Daily Schedule

YAKA will run Sunday, July 21 thru Friday, July 26, 2019. More detailed schedule will be sent to the students upon acceptance.

Sunday, July 21:

  • Afternoon arrival to Missouri State campus
  • Registration, Orientation Meeting, & Tour of the Ellis Hall

Monday-Friday, July 22-26:

  • 8:45 am - Drop Off
  • 9 - 10 am - Eurythmics (Music and Movement)
  • 10 am - 5 pm - Lessons / lunch / masterclasses / ear training classes / special topics classes / piano ensemble rehearsals / supervised practicing / ensemble coachings

Thursday, July 25:

  • 5:00 pm – Honors Recital

Friday, July 26:

  • 5:00 pm – Final Recital for all YAKA students


July 21-26, 2019

Application Deadline
Early application Friday, May 24, 2019
Final application Friday, June 21, 2019


$395 ($350 for early application), which includes a $25 non-refundable application fee. 

This is a commuter camp. Students may stay in campus housing at an additional charge of $200. 

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