Prof. Dr. Charlene Biggs
Director of Piano Studies and Music History

Joint Coordinator of the Music Department
(705) 566-8101, ex.7325Dr. Charlene Biggs holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, and a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from Goldsmiths College, University of London, England. She has performed extensively in the U.K. France, Austria, and Italy as well as the United States and Canada and has performed in such prestigious venues as the Royal Festival Hall, The Purcell Room, The Barbican Centre, The National Theatre, Glasgow University, Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall.  Previous positions include faculty member of the Colchester Institute School of Music, and the famed City Literary Institute in England, The Eastman School of Music Community Education Division (where she was also Assistant Chair of Piano) in Rochester New York, the Royal Conservatory of Music (Professional and Community Schools)in Toronto, and Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. Dr. Biggs is also a senior examiner and clinician for the Royal Conservatory of Music and clinician/adjudicator for the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association.  She has also been a clinician for Frederick Harris Music Company, and has written nationally-published articles on teaching and performance.  A renowned adjudicator and lecturer in piano pedagogy, she also continues a busy concert schedule.
Marie Ng-Au A. Mus., (Western), B. A. (Laurentian), R. M. T. (Ontario)Since 2002, Marie has taught part-time for the Music Department and the Cambrian Academy of Music at Cambrian College. She has adjudicated several competitions, including the recent 2012 Sault Ste. Marie Young Artists’ Competition. Former teaching posts include faculty in the Music Department of Laurentian University,  and Suzuki piano, Kindermusik, and Early Years Classes at the Huntington Conservatory of Music as well. Marie received her Associate Performer’s and Teacher’s Diplomas from the Western Conservatory of Music and B. Arts from Laurentian University.   She completed her training as a Suzuki piano teacher at the Suzuki Kingston Institute at Queen’s University in 1989.  She also took courses in Kindermusik and the teaching of young children at York University in 1992.   From 1987 to 1988, Marie served as President of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association – Sudbury Branch.  In 1998, Marie joined the Conservatory Canada Board of Examiners, London, Ontario. Marie’s students have won many awards and scholarships, including the Silver Medal from the Conservatory Canada for the highest grade 8 examination results in the province, the prestigious A. J. Taylor Award for the highest marks nationwide in the grades 8, 9, 10 piano exams.  In the past, Marie has given solo recitals at St. Andrew’s Place and the Laurentian University Museum and Arts Centre, Sudbury, Ontario.