Marie Ng-Au, a native Sudburian, began her first piano lessons at age three. At age four years, she began actively competing at the Annual Sudbury Kiwanis Music & Dance Festivals, receiving
many awards, trophies, and scholarships while completing the Royal & Western Conservatory
of Music exams. Marie received her Associate Performer’s & Teacher’s Diplomas from the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music, London, Ontario and her B. A. from Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario. Between 1987 and 1988, she was the President of the O.R.M.T.A. (Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association – Sudbury Branch). Marie was a guest on several television “INCO Showcase” programs, as well as the “Grace Rumball” programs. Marie often held her own solo recitals, performing at several venues including St. Andrew’s Place, as well as, at the Laurentian University Museum & Arts Centre, John Street, Sudbury.
Marie studied with Mr. Victor Comisso, Sister Irene Morrow, Sister Shirley McNamara,
Sister Annette Gratton, Sister Gabriel (all of the Marymount College of Music); Mrs. Eleanor Marzetti (of Laurentian University); Mr. John Hannah (of Cambrian College); Dr. Anthony Dawson, Mrs. Tanya Tkachenko (of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto); Dr. Jonathan Gonder, Dr. Douglas Webb, Mr. Malcolm Wechsler ((of the Music Department in Laurentian University). Marie completed her Teacher Training in the Suzuki piano at the Suzuki Piano Institute, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario (from 1983 to 1989). She also completed the KINDERMUSIK IN THE EARLY YEARS and YOUNG CHILD Level I, training at York University, Toronto in July 1992.
Many of Marie’s students won many local and provincial festival scholarship and awards, including awards from the Canadian Music Writing Competitions provincially and nationally. One student won the Silver Medal for the highest Grade 8 examination marks in the province --- and, consecutively won the first $1000 A. J. Taylor Awards for the highest marks nationally for Grades 8, 9, 10 in that examination session.
As a member of the Part-Time Faculty in the Music Department of Laurentian University from 1982 to 2008, Marie taught in the Conservatory Piano Department, as well as, the Suzuki Piano Department at the Huntington Conservatory of Music. Marie introduced the KINDERMUSIK IN THE EARLY YEARS to Huntington Conservatory of Music in 1992, but later Marie gave up teaching Kindermusik in the Early Years to join the Conservatory Canada Board of Examiners, London, Ontario.
Marie joined the Part-Time Faculty in the Music Department of Cambrian College in September of 2002, and the Cambrian College Academy of Music in September 2003 and has been there actively since. She has adjudicated several competitions, including the recent 2012 Sault Ste. Marie Young Artists’ Competition. Marie had been nominated for 2013 and 2014 Presidents Award of Excellence, Cambrian College Faculty award.