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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Mark Gubler

Mark Gubler

Cell Phone:  435.669.5546
Faculty Status:  Silver; Theory Instructor

The more students are prepared to learn, the more they will find joy in their lessons and overall musicianship. As a result, I make it a personal goal to help students understand what they need to do to prepare for lessons, and progress as musicians. For beginning and intermediate students I have most experience teaching from the method books published by Alfred, as well as the Piano Adventures books published by Faber. However, every student learns differently, and I am open to teaching from other methods that better cater to their individual needs. Advanced students will be assigned a more rigorous repertoire including music from the great composers. To help students become well rounded musicians and reach their highest potential they will be assigned technical exercises suited to their level (for example: 5 finger patterns, scales, arpeggios, chords, etc.) as well as theory, aural, rythmic, and improvisational activities as needed. I am very open to consider pieces my students are particularly interested in, but I will also expect them to work on assigned pieces that will help them stretch as individuals. Students will not be required to memorize everything they play, but they will be required to memorize several recital pieces each year. Parents will be invited to sit in during the lessons, and practice with students when possible.