Mary Scanlan has a doctorate in piano pedagogy from the University of Illinois and master's and bachelor's degrees in piano performance from the Universities of Iowa and Wisconsin, respectively. She has studied piano with many greats, including Paul Badurka-Skoda, and harpsichord with Robert Conant. She has given many workshops and lectures and served as staff pianist for the Chicago Civic Symphony; pianist for the lieder and chamber music program, Yale Summer Festival; recital accompanist for the National Association of Teachers of Singing and National Federation of Music Clubs; lieder accompanist in Rome, Munich, Paris, Dusseldorf, Nürnberg, and Wiesbaden; and lecturer/recitalist at the National Festival of Music by Women Composers. A 1989 grant to research women composers resulted in recitals devoted to music by women and an article on Catherine Comet for Music Editor's Journal. She was awarded a 1992 NEH grant to study American music in Boston.
Desert Island Picks
Don Shirley (Any recordings)
Benjamin Britten Serenade (Peter Pears/Dennis Brain)
Charles Martin Loeffler La Mort de Tintagiles
Béla Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G (A.B. Michelangeli)