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

Brittany Bowers - Office Assistant

Arthur Floyd

Brady Fry

Michael Lechner

Brittney Mattison

Taylor Packer

Lisa Richards

BreAna Shaw

Shanelle Winkel – Office Assistant

Jacqueline Winterton 

Jennifer Hansen

Silver

Ashley Benjamin

Lizzy Davis – Theory Instructor

Mark Gubler – Theory Instructor

Sara Mason – Theory Instructor

Kyle Mckenna

Bradley Taylor

Gold

Lindsey Lee-Pope – Theory Instructor

Stephanie Price

Ali Snow

Carly Stanger

Ashley Weiss – Theory Instructor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate

Lauren Belliston, B.M., Utah State University

Brody Craney, B.M., Utah State University

Aubrey Moeller, B.M., Utah State University

Krystal Kunz, 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 – Program Coordinator; Theory Instructor

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 – Financial Adviser; USU Piano Faculty

Kevin Olson, Ed. D. National-Louis Univ., M.M., B.M. Brigham Young University – Director, USU Piano Faculty

Ewa Wilczynski, M.M. Marie Curie University, Poland – Theory Instructor

 

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Luke Hancock

Luke Hancock

Faculty Status:  Faculty; USU Piano Faculty

   Throughout the last decade, classical pianist and music educator Luke Hancock has developed his pedagogical expertise and philosophy through a combination of world-class training, extensive teaching experiences, and performance opportunities.  He strives to communicate artistically through performance while remaining dedicated to the mentorship of aspiring pianists.   

            While pursuing an undergraduate degree in piano performance, Mr. Hancock won first prize in every major state competition, including MTNA Young Artist, State Fair Competition, and UMTA Concerto Competition.  A two-time winner of the USU Concerto Competition, he performed Serge Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini under the direction of Maestro Sergio Bernal.  He has received top awards at the Grand Junction Young Artists Concerto Competition and the Idaho Federation of Music Club Competition.  Additionally, he has been a semifinalist in national and international competitions throughout Colorado, Michigan, and Texas.  Recently, he performed a solo recital including all of Frederic Chopin’s Etudes, op. 10. 

            Collaboratively, Luke has accompanied regional and national competitors in ten states since 2003.  He has performed over a dozen recitals with various instrumentalists within the USU music program and has accompanied pre-college pianists for annual Utah Symphony Salute to Youth auditions.  In masterclass settings, he has worked with renowned guest artists including Jerome Lowenthal, Norman Kriger, Andre-Michel Schub, Robert McDonald, and Stephen Hough. 

            Pedagogically, Mr. Hancock has collectively taught over 40 semesters of college courses at Utah State University, including theory, aural skills, keyboarding, collaboration, and private instruction.  He currently has a private studio of 20 pre-college students and piano majors.  In recent years, he’s focused on the physiological mechanics of piano technique relating to the entirety of a well-rounded musicianship.  In addition to teaching privately, he has been a teaching assistant to Professor Gary Amano and has also team-taught with Professor Dennis Hirst.  Mr. Hancock’s students have received top awards at USU’s annual Piano Festival and various regional concerto competitions.  Since 2008, he has directed the USU Summer Piano Clinic, a weeklong camp for aspiring young pianists.  

Luke was honored with Utah State University's prestigious William E. Robins Talent of the Year Award in 2007.  He received his Master of Music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Utah State University in 2010.  He is currently an adjunct faculty member for the piano department and classroom instructor for the music department.  When he isn’t practicing or teaching, he enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, delicious food, yoga, and hanging out with his cat Henry.