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Dr. Charlene Biggs

Dr. Charlene Biggs is more than a brilliant and accomplished musician and pedagogue, although she is reputed to excel at both, in England, the US and Canada. At least one student cites her as a strong female role model, inspiring independence and compassion in her music students, as well as colleagues, at Cambrian College since 2001. Described as providing an accepting, positive and supportive environment to all her students, she held the position as Coordinator of the Music Performance Program for several years and continues to act as the head of Piano and History Studies. She has also taught as an adjunct Professor of Piano at Laurentian University, performed with Sudbury Symphony Orchestra and the Sudbury Youth Orchestra and sits on Board of the City of Lakes Chamber Music Society, the Music Committee of the Sudbury Kiwanis Music Festival and the organizing committee of Opera for a Cause. She is tirelessly engaged in guiding young budding musicians from elementary and high school aged children to post-secondary students applying to the highest levels of music education – and much of this on her own time. As a performer, Charlene has championed female composers by organizing concerts featuring their works. On top this, she is piano accompanist at her local church, a national examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music and has even been part of the musical entertainment at previous YWCA Sudbury Women of Distinction Galas. Beside contributing to her community musically, Charlene is a keen advocate of animal rights, even offering to provide funds to care for dogs of women entering Genevra House, aware that worrying about beloved pets can be difficult for women and children in transition. As her nominator wrote: “We are very blessed to have an artist of this caliber living, working and volunteering in our wonderful city.”

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