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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Ali Snow

Ali Snow

Faculty Status:  Gold
Teaching Philosophy:

Ali emphasizes in tailoring lessons to the uniqueness of each individual student. She implements a curriculum that is balanced to create a proficient, well- rounded musician (Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, Improvisation, Performance, Technique, and Repertoire). Her highly acclaimed incentive program has helped many young students to enjoy both lessons and practicing. Ali prides herself in her open communication with students and their parents.  Her goal is to help students become life-long lovers of music and to teach the student the rewards of working at a skill for the long term. 


Accomplishments, experience and relevant information in regards to teaching:

  • 8 yrs piano teaching experience, 4 at the University level
  • Currently teaches through Utah State University Youth Conservatory (Gold Level teacher)
  • Current MUSC 1170, MUSC 1180 (Keyboard Harmony 1 and 2) instructor
  • Current MUSC 1180 Accelerated Keyboard Harmony Instructor
  • MUSC 1480 Individual Piano Instruction for Non Music Majors instructor 
  • MUSC 2490 Individual Piano Instruction for Music Majors (Second Instrument) instructor
  • Completed Piano Pedagogy classes 1 and 2, Advanced Pedagogy 1 and 2, and required Practicum classes. 
  • Former MUSC 1130, 1140, 2130, 2140 (Aural Skills 1,2,3,and 4)) Undergraduate Teaching Fellow
  • Former MUSC 1110, MUSC 2110 (Music Theory 1 and 3) Undergraduate Teaching Fellow
  • Recipient of the "Theory Class Assistant of the Year" award, Spring 2010. 
  • Experience teaching International and Disabled students