Youth Conservatory

Faculty Directory

Youth Conservatory Teachers 2014-2015


Robyn Abrahamson

Arthur Floyd

Michael Lechner

BreAna Shaw

Jacqueline Winterton

Eliza Nelson

Josh Musselman

Jeff Gubler

Alexis Hansen


Brittany Jarman

Brittney Mattison

Lisa Richards

Sierra Summers

Shanelle Winkel

Taylor Packer

Tisha Santana

Samantha Bunderson



Mark Gubler

Sara Mason







Lauren Belliston

Brody Craney

Krystal Kunz

Lizzy Prettyman

John Price

Aubrey Moeller

Allison Ward



Gary Amano – Founder, USU Piano Program Head

Emily Ezola – YC Program Coordinator

Luke Hancock – USU Piano Faculty

Brooke Hirst  – Account Manager

Dennis Hirst – Director; USU Piano Faculty

Kevin Olson – USU Piano Faculty

Jessica Roderer -- USU YC Theory Instructor

Ewa Wilczynski – YC Theory Instructor


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Gary Amano

Gary Amano

Location:  FAC 201
Faculty Status:  Faculty; Founder; USU Piano Program Head

Professor Gary Amano, Director of Piano Studies at Utah State University, continues the tradition of outstanding piano performance and pedagogy begun by his mentor, Irving Wassermann. Professor Amano obtained Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School in New York. He founded the USU Youth Conservatory which has been recognized by NASM as a national model for youth programs. His students have won first place and/or grand prizes in numerous competitions, including the Kingsville International, the Stravinsky International, the MTNA Wurlitzer, Yamaha, and Baldwin National Competitions, the Young Keyboard Artists Association International (YKAA), the Kosciusko National Chopin Competition, the Junior Gina Bachauer, and the National Stillman-Kelly Competitions.