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

Brittany Bowers - Office Assistant

Arthur Floyd

Brady Fry

Michael Lechner

Brittney Mattison

Taylor Packer

Lisa Richards

BreAna Shaw

Shanelle Winkel – Office Assistant

Jacqueline Winterton 

Jennifer Hansen


Ashley Benjamin

Lizzy Davis – Theory Instructor

Mark Gubler – Theory Instructor

Sara Mason – Theory Instructor

Kyle Mckenna

Bradley Taylor


Lindsey Lee-Pope – Theory Instructor

Stephanie Price

Ali Snow

Carly Stanger

Ashley Weiss – Theory Instructor








Lauren Belliston, B.M., Utah State University

Brody Craney, B.M., Utah State University

Aubrey Moeller, B.M., Utah State University

Krystal Kunz, 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 – Program Coordinator; Theory Instructor

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 – Financial Adviser; USU Piano Faculty

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

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


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Jacqueline Winterton

Jacqueline Winterton

Cell Phone:  (801) 856-4925
Faculty Status:  Bronze
As a piano teacher, my ultimate goal is to establish the fundamentals of music with young 
pianists and help them find their potential in music. I strive to create a teaching design for 
each unique individual in order to maximize their talents and potential. I believe that a well-
rounded musician is developed by balancing different teaching aspects such as music theory, 
sight reading, aural recognition, technique, independent learning, and discovery in music. While 
these fundamentals are important, I value getting to know each unique individual and recognize
the importance of having a friend-like relationship between the teacher and student. I love music 
and enjoy sharing my knowledge and the love of music with others around me. The ability for a 
pianist to express themselves through music is a beautiful thing, and I wish to help each student 
recognize the beauty found in music and be inspired to continue learning and sharing the gift of 
music for the rest of their lives.