Mary Scarlett is in constant demand as an accompanist for singers, instrumentalists, ensembles, choral societies and musical societies. Coming from a musical family, her interest in piano accompaniment was nurtured from an early age by her father, baritone and choirmaster Tomás Ó Súilleabháin.
She studied piano with Rhona Marshall at the RIAM and organ with Sidney Greig at St Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin and was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships throughout her studies, including the award of Associate from the Royal College of Music in London , just after her 17th birthday.
Following her graduation from UCD with an honours B.Mus. degree she worked for some years as a secondary school teacher before being appointed as a lecturer at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. She was awarded a 1st class MA in Performance and Musicology from NUI Maynooth in 1991.
Her many duties at the Conservatory include playing for both undergraduate and postgraduate recitals, examinations, feiseanna, opera productions etc.. She also works regularly with professional groups such as Opera Ireland and the RTE performing groups, as well as privately coaching some of Ireland’s leading vocalists.
Mary is honoured to be associated with Our Lady’s Choral Society since 1993.