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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Brooke Hirst

Brooke Hirst

Faculty Status:  Faculty; Account Manager

Brooke Hirst holds Bachelor and Master degrees from Utah State University in Piano Pedagogy and Performance.  She serves as a part-time instructor at USU, where she has taught university courses in Piano Literature, Pedagogy Practicum, Music Theory, Aural Skills, Collaborative Piano, and Keyboard Harmony.  Mrs. Hirst has operated a private piano studio in Northern Utah since 1995, and her students have soloed with community orchestras, won state competitions, and been awarded piano scholarships by various universities.  Mrs. Hirst has served as Director of the Youth Conservatory at Utah State University, which serves over 300 young pianists in Northern Utah.  Recently, she was commissioned to compose and direct the performance of an original song, “Art Works for Kids,” for a gala event in January 2013 celebrating the value of arts education for young people.