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.   

Bronze

Robyn Abrahamson

Dallin Bassett

Arthur Floyd

Brady Fry

Jennifer Hansen

Michael Lechner

Eliza Nelson

Taylor Packer

BreAna Shaw

Jacqueline Winterton

 

Silver

Ashley Benjamin

Brittany Bowers

Brittney Mattison

Kyle McKenna

Lisa Richards

Sierra Summers

Shanelle Winkel

Gold

Mark Gubler

Lindsey Lee-Pope

Sara Mason

Ashley Weiss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate

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

Faculty

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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Carly Stanger

Carly Stanger

Faculty Status:  Gold

As a teacher, my main goal is to help students find joy through piano. I believe piano lessons should be something to look forward to rather than dreaded. I like to keep my lessons light and upbeat while still pushing the student to his or her musical limits. Students are taught theory, technique, how to be comfortable performing in front of others as well as additional concepts. I realize every parent/child have different desires of what they would like the student to get out of their piano lessons. This is a major consideration of mine that I like to discuss with the student and parent to ensure certain expectations and goals are met.  Mainly, piano is something I love to do and I hope I can introduce and share this love with all of my students.