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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BreAna Shaw

BreAna Shaw

Cell Phone:   208-431-7642
Faculty Status:  Bronze

Hi, my name is BreAna Shaw, and I have been playing the piano since I was 5 years old.  I had a private studio that I maintained for four years before coming to Utah State University. 

Learning to play the piano can be a great way for a person to communicate his or her thoughts and feelings.  As a teacher, I try to make my students realize that playing and performing can be fun.  Also, everyone has the potential to learn.  There are many things you can expect from me.  I will help each student to learn the different aspects of the piano, including technique, theory, aural skills, and musicality.  I strive to teach in a way that is fun and keeps it interesting for the student.  One of the things that I have enjoyed as a student from my piano teachers is their dedication and excitement they have for music, and I incorporate that into my own teaching.  The expectations I have for my students is a consistent practicing schedule and a desire to learn