Youth Conservatory

Faculty Directory

Youth Conservatory students may study with faculty or students in the USU piano program. Student teachers are tiered based on experience, and tuition costs are relative to the tier.   


Robyn Abrahamson

Dallin Bassett

Arthur Floyd

Brady Fry

Jennifer Hansen

Michael Lechner

Eliza Nelson

Taylor Packer

BreAna Shaw

Jacqueline Winterton



Ashley Benjamin

Brittany Bowers

Brittney Mattison

Kyle McKenna

Lisa Richards

Sierra Summers

Shanelle Winkel


Mark Gubler

Lindsey Lee-Pope

Sara Mason

Ashley Weiss









Lauren Belliston, B.M., Utah State University

Brody Craney, B.M., Utah State University

Krystal Kunz, B.M., Utah State University

Lizzy Prettyman, B.M., Utah State University


Gary Amano, M.M., B.S., The Juilliard School – Founder, USU Piano Program Head

Emily Ezola, M.M., B.M., Utah State University – YC Program Coordinator

Luke Hancock, M.M., B.M., Utah State University – USU Piano Faculty

Brooke Hirst, M.M., B.M., Utah State University – Account Manager

Dennis Hirst, M.M., U. of Oklahoma, B.M., Bowling Green State University – Director; USU Piano Faculty

Kevin Olson, Ed. D. National-Louis Univ., M.M., B.M. Brigham Young University – USU Piano Faculty

Ewa Wilczynski, M.M. Marie Curie University, Poland – YC Theory Instructor


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Brody Craney

Brody Craney

Faculty Status:  Graduate

 E. Brody Craney spent his youth on a farm in southern Idaho and graduated as Salutatorian from Bear Lake High. He then studied engineering, acting, and music graduating with honors from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance. Brody apprenticed at the Utah Festival Opera Company and subsequently became their Company Manager. While working at the Opera Company he began a business as an Independent Wellness Consultant and International Business Developer partnering with Nikken Inc. Mr Craney is now  a member of their prestigious Presidents Club. He is a nationally sought speaker and trainer and is a Trustee for the Greater Montana Foundation.  He currently resides in River Heights, Utah where he and his wife Peggy are raising four fantastic kids. For him, music and teaching are lifelong passions. “I love music, and I LOVE to teach youth personal empowerment through the discipline and rapture of music.” Mr. Craney is currently expanding his musical skills through enrollment in the Master’s program in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Utah State University.