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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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.