Former USU piano division head Gary Amano dies aged 73


The longtime executive retired following a 2018 sexual harassment investigation into his department.

Gary Amano, left, is seen performing with a student in a screen taken from a 2012 YouTube video.

Gary Amano, longtime director of the Utah State University piano program who resigned? after a 2018 sexual harassment investigation into his department, died last week at the age of 73.

Amano had friends and former students write a note in his guestbook obituary as a “wonderful” musician and teacher at

“Professor Amano, you will be missed! Your gift of music has blessed my life and so many others. Thank you for sharing your love of piano performance and for giving me the opportunity to attend USU on a piano scholarship,” wrote Angela Moulton.

“Farewell, my dear old friend and teacher. You will be missed by a lot of people who love you. I will forever cherish the countless memories of you, your family and the many wonderful moments we had together,” wrote John “Jack” Douglas Gray.

These sentiments stand in sharp contrast to the complaints against Amano by more than a dozen female alumni interviewed in one interview. outside investigation of the piano department in 2018. The investigation concluded that Amano had created a “work environment that was hostile to women and discriminated against female students on the basis of gender”.


This article is published through the Utah News Collaborative, a partnership of news organizations in Utah that aims to inform readers statewide. Former USU piano division head Gary Amano dies aged 73

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