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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Ashley Benjamin

Ashley Benjamin

Faculty Status:  Silver

 My name is Ashley Benjamin and I am a senior studying Piano Pedagogy at USU.  Teaching piano is a passion of mine and I have now been teaching for over 6 years.  It is my goal as a teacher to teach the basic skills of piano technique: rhythm, note-reading, and recognition of terms and symbols in music. These things will then be built upon to create artistic and meaningful playing. Lessons will be oriented in such a way that small weekly goals will work toward bigger, more meaningful accomplishments. Students will be taught the value and rewards of hard work, and be able to enjoy doing so.  Practicing is essential, and along with incentives I offer my students, I ask parents to encourage their children to practice daily. I believe proficient skill in music is better achieved when parents are an active part of the process.  Most importantly, I wish to instill in my students a love for music that they can carry with them the rest of their lives.