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

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


Ashley Benjamin

Lizzy Davis – Theory Instructor

Mark Gubler – Theory Instructor

Sara Mason – Theory Instructor

Kyle Mckenna

Bradley Taylor


Lindsey Lee-Pope – Theory Instructor

Stephanie Price

Ali Snow

Carly Stanger

Ashley Weiss – Theory Instructor








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



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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Ewa Wilczynski

Ewa Wilczynski

Cell Phone:  435.755.0853
Faculty Status:  Faculty; Theory Instructor

Ewa Wilczynski has a Masters degree in Music Education from Marie Curie University in Poland. She has obtained Orff Schulwerk Teachers Training Certification (Levels 1 and 2) from Utah State University. Ewa has taught piano, flute and music theory for over 25 years in Poland, New Jersey and Utah. Since moving to Logan in 1998, Ewa has volunteered in public schools, and served as director of the Mount Logan Middle School Flute Ensemble. Ewa is an experienced preschool music teacher and teaches early childhood music classes in Music for the Small and Tall, a program she runs at the Thatcher - Young Mansion, Center of the Arts. She is a member of the HiFalutin’ Flute Choir, the Utah Flute Association and she serves on the board of the Utah Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association. 

At the USU Youth Conservatory Ewa has taught the following classes: Young Musicians, Brillante, Animato, Energico, Spirito, Con Moto, Con Fuoco and Scherzando. Ewa is also available for private lessons.
Ewa's teaching philosophy is based on the Orff Schulwerk approach to teaching music. Carl Orff (1895-1982) was a 20th-century German composer, best known for his cantata Carmina Burana (1937). In addition to his career as a composer, Orff developed an influential method of music education for children. In this approach, students make music with activities that are enjoyable and natural for them such us songs, movements, improvisation and music games. Students learn musical concepts and improve their concentration as well as coordination and sensitivity to rhythm and tone through singing, dancing, and playing percussion instruments.