Kerry School of Music welcomes New Teachers


Kerry School of Music is delighted to welcome to Listowel musicians and teachers
Ryan and Shelby Mulvihill.

Ryan who is a Listowel native, from Mountcoal originally, is an accomplished pianist and accompanist who holds Associate and Licentiate Diplomas from Trinity College London. A multi-instrumentalist, Ryan also plays and teachers Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone and Church Organ. He began his studies in Kerry School of Music with Sue van Blerk and Adolf Packeiser before moving straight after his Leaving Cert to South Africa to continue his studies and take up a full-time teaching post in Port Elizabeth. He met and fell in love with fellow teacher, South African musician Shelby Hastie, a 1st Honours B. Mus. graduate of Nelson Mandela University in which she had a Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship right through her four year course. Ryan and Shelby got married just before Christmas last.

Shelby majored in Piano and Violin and took Composition Studies, Musicology, Music in Film and piano teaching methodology. While at university Shelby played first violin for various ensembles including Eastern Cape Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the University Strings, Baroque Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. While teaching, Shelby has developed a keen interest in choirs and has directed a number of children’s and youth choirs.

“It’s a case of bringing it all back home” says Kerry School of Music Director Aidan O’ Carroll. “I was aware from the day he departed that coming back to Ireland was part of Ryan’s career plan. What a bonus to return with a wife who’s such an accomplished and versatile musician. Ryan and Shelby, who have set up house in Knockane, will be teaching in association with Kerry School of Music in Listowel, Tralee and Dingle. Call 066-7125690 for further details.