Mary Castello has established herself as a sought-after freelance collaborative pianist, recital partner, and piano teacher in the Wolfville NS area and beyond since 2017.
Mary is the Collaborative Pianist for Acadia University’s School of Music, and she is also an active member of the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers’ Association (NSRMTA).
Mary's recent engagements include InnerSpace Concerts, The Music Room Chamber Players Series, Nova Scotia Choral Federation, Halifax Summer Opera Festival, Acadia Summer Music Academy, and Saratoga Sings for Seniors (Opera Saratoga).
Her recital partners have included mezzo-soprano Christianne Rushton, cellist Rachel Desoer, saxophonist Tristan De Borba, mezzo-soprano Paula Rockwell, flutist Jack Chen, mezzo-soprano Marie Engle, soprano Bethany Hörst, and flutist Melissa Mashner.
Mary is an alumna of collaborative pianist training programs for art song and opera internationally including Franz-Schubert-Institut, Baden Bei Wein, Austria; Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program; Opera Saratoga; Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI), Sulmona, Italy; Opera McGill; and Opera on the Avalon.
Originally from Kitchener, Ontario, Mary holds performance degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University and McGill University. Her principal teachers were Leslie de'Ath and Michael McMahon.