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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Eliza Nelsen

Eliza Nelsen

Faculty Status:  Bronze

Since the age of 10, I knew I wanted to be a piano teacher. I began teaching piano lessons when I was 15 years old and continued until this past summer before I moved to Utah State University to study piano pedagogy.  Teaching brings me so much joy because I am able to lift my students up and help them feel good about themselves.  One of my main goals as a teacher is to point out the positive aspects in the student’s abilities and kindly help them with the parts with which they may be struggling. I’m very patient with students who may not learn as quickly and I strive to encourage them and help them feel good about themselves, their musical abilities, and potential.  I teach my students theory, technique, ear training, note reading, interpretation of music, repertoire of both my choice and their choice, and most importantly, a love for music and the piano.  I love teaching because I know that I am teaching one of the most important things in the world, music!  And I know that music will bring my students and the people they influence so much happiness in life.