YaGe Summer Arts Academy 2017
YSAA – 2017 July 12-21

Inspiring Excellence in the Arts!

Join music and art students from around the Kunming community for an exciting time of music-making and art-creating under the direction of American music and art teachers! Never before have Kunming students had the opportunity to participate in a summer arts academy of this caliber! It is a great opportunity for students ages 8+ to take their studies in the arts to the next level as they study with world-class faculty. Days will be filled with classes, nature inspired painting sessions, ensembles, performances, all taught by American music and art teachers.

Take a look at the great line-up of teachers we have planned for you!

"Late Summer Evening" by Stephen Henning

Stephen Henning

Stephen studied Fine Art and Art History at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of Minnesota, and has over 20 years of experience serving as artist-in-residence at schools across Minnesota. He has taught workshops for art clubs and organizations from Minnesota to Illinois. Stephen is a contemporary impressionist artist and his paintings hang in private collections across the United States and on three continents. He obtained signature status in the Oil Pastel Society and was juried into two national exhibits of the American Impressionist Society.

Check out Stephen Henning’s art on his website.

This summer at YSAA, Stephen will introduce basic observation, perspective, and the oil pastel medium. Students will create art as they learn about Impressionism, color theory, and explore drawing techniques.

Jackie Henning

Jackie began her career by studying photography and theatrical set design at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she earned a BFA. She worked in a variety of photography positions before establishing Sightlines, producing painted backdrops for the commercial photography industry for 12 years. After moving from Minneapolis to rural Minnesota, she and a business partner operated Paint Designs, a very successful faux finishing business, for 15 years. Since 2011, she has worked as a video producer with Stephen, her husband. Together, they produced four seasons of a television program and today they operate a digital media business.

Nick Daugherty
Brass and Woodwinds

Nick Daugherty holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa and Masters of Education degree from Drake University. Nick studied trumpet with Barry Hopper and Keith Johnson. He has performed with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, played in over 35 musicals, and performed with Two On the Town, Nemesis Jazz Quintet, Rockford Brass Quintet, Civic Theater, Rockford College Theater, Starlight Theater, and Clock Tower Inn Dinner Theater in the Chicago and Rockford Illinois area. He directed bands for 16 years and loved to see kids find self-expression and joy through music. “I always remember how my teachers shared their time, knowledge and joy of music so I could create music to express myself and share with others, and I love to pass that on”.

Susan Daugherty,
Voice and Choir

Susan Daugherty received her Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Masters of Education degree from Drake University. After graduation, she completed two levels of Orff certification. She taught general and choral music for the Mason City schools for ten years. In addition, she has taught private voice, flute, and piano for 29 years. Her students have participated in honor choirs, been selected for All-State ensembles, and earned I ratings at State Solo Contest. In the community, she has directed adult choral groups and taught for the Lifelong Learners Institute at the North Iowa Area Community College. She loves many music genres and types of ensembles, but her passion is the voice. Singing aids appreciation of other cultures, creates powerful bonds with others, and is a wonderful tool for self-expression. Her desire is for students to be captivated by the beauty of music and to experience confidence in their own ability to make music with their voice, an instrument accessible to everyone.

Dr. Jonathan Keener
Piano, Ensembles, Mini-Lectures

Dr. Jonathan Keener started playing the piano at about the age of 6, going on to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Piano Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature from James Madison University. As a performer, Jonathan won various piano competitions and performed as soloist with orchestra on four occasions. Jonathan has received masterclass instruction from Menahem Pressler, Janina Fialkowska, Eugene Pridonoff, Barry Snyder, and Ludmilla Lazar. In addition to solo performing, Jonathan is an avid chamber musician, having performed collaboratively on many occasions in the US and in China.

Jonathan also has a passion for teaching, having taught all levels of private piano lessons and classes in music theory and music appreciation at the college level. Jonathan has taught at EMU’s Preparatory Music Program, Woodberry Forest School, James Madison University, Indiana Wesleyan University, and Ivy Tech Community College. Opening up students’ world to the magic of music is a driving motive in Jonathan’s teaching. Music is a gift, and Jonathan desires to help his students discover this gift.

Christina Harvey
Violin, Ensembles

Christina Harvey holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the University of Oklahoma, and a master’s degree in music pedagogy from Southern Methodist University in Texas. While in Oklahoma, she studied violin under Felicia Moye, a student of renowned Ivan Galamian. Christina has taught violin privately for over 10 years, incorporating both Suzuki and traditional methods. As an orchestra director in Plano, Texas, she taught violin, viola, cello, and string bass for five years. During this time, her orchestras won sweepstakes awards at their annual Concert and Sight-Reading Contests. In addition to her regular teaching, Christina has been invited to judge competitions and clinic orchestras. For several years, she enjoyed performing regularly with area orchestras including the Richardson Symphony, the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Fort Smith Symphony. Having a love of teaching, she has also embraced opportunities to teach young choirs in Dallas, Texas and to teach English at Guangxi Normal University for Nationalities, in Chongzuo, Guangxi.

Katie Daugherty
Instrumental Ensembles, Hand Bells

Katie Daugherty holds a bachelor's degree in instrumental and classroom music education from the University of Northwestern - St. Paul. During her time at Northwestern, she participated in band, orchestra, jazz band, chamber winds, clarinet choir, and musical theatre performances, and worked as a private lesson instructor and vocal solo/choir piano accompanist. Katie's primary instruments are piano, clarinet, voice, and bass guitar, and she has been teaching private lessons for 8 years. She is trained in a variety of genres, including classical, jazz, and contemporary. Her goal in teaching is to give students a safe and enjoyable environment in which to learn and grow as musicians while also developing social and personal skills that will enable them to be lifelong learners."

Molly Daugherty
English, Folk Dance, Music

Molly Daugherty graduated in 2017 from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois with a B.A in Elementary Education and endorsements in Middle School Language Arts and Social Science.

During her B.A. degree, Molly received special training in ESL and has experience teaching ESL in the U.S. as well as in Hungary. Molly also loves music and has been involved in ensemble and solo work on voice and trumpet for 10 years, including symphonic band, jazz band, orchestra, concert choir, and chamber ensembles. Her favorite part about teaching is helping students make discoveries and experience success. She has a deep love of learning that she wants to inspire in her students as well.


YaGe Community Arts

Bei Chen Xiao Qu, Bldg. 55, Storefront 101-102, Kunming

Telephone: 65655904;152-8838-9430


Tuition for the 9-day YSAA 2017 is: ¥6,800

Conveniently make payment by wechat


9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily (lunch and snack provided)


YSAA 2017 is open to all music OR art students who are 8+ years of age. Students need to have previously studied either art OR music. Auditions and assessments will be given to all registering students, except current YaGe students. We are accepting only 30 students.


Register online, (simply fill out the form below) or in person before June 23.

Online Form Creator