Young Artists Keyboard Academy

Students from Young Artists Keyboard Academy 2019 pose as group outside Roy Ellis Hall at MSU

July 9-13, 2024

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


The Young Artists Keyboard Academy (YAKA) at Missouri State University is an immersive experience for pre-college students of classical piano and organ. Each student declares a principal (piano or organ) and secondary instrument (piano or organ), and private lessons on both instruments will be provided (no prior experience is needed on the secondary instrument). The YAKA offers a well-rounded curriculum that includes masterclasses, individual lessons, musicianship training, improvisation, special topics, and a final concert. Students are taught by Missouri State University’s internationally-acclaimed keyboard faculty.


Pre-college students ages 12-18 with at least three years of lessons.

Application Process

Before completing the online application, prepare a brief (no longer than five minutes) audition video and publish as unlisted on your YouTube or Vimeo channel. Simply include that audition video link in the application form when prompted.

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YAKA will be held Tuesday, July 9, through Saturday, July 13, 2024. A more detailed schedule will be sent to the students upon acceptance.

Application Deadline

Applications are due by June 3, 2024. (Early bird application due by May 6 for a $50 tuition discount.)



$350, which includes a $25 non-refundable application fee. ($300 for early application.)

Applicants that are not accepted to YAKA for any reason or are withdrawn before June 3 will have all fees refunded except for the $25 application fee.

Meet the Faculty

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