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Edward Higgins
Edward Higgins

Edward Higgins, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music


As one of the most versatile and highly sought after conductors, and pedagogues in the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Edward Higgins has held positions in Spoleto, Italy, California, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Oregon.

Dr. Higgins currently serves as the Associate Professor of Music at Portland State University and Orchestra Conductor of the Portland Choir and Orchestra. Most recently, he held the positions of Associate Professor of Conducting and Director of Wind Ensembles at Portland State University, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Portland Wind Symphony.

Dr. Edward Higgins began his multifaceted performance career with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Spoleto, Italy, where he served as Principal Trumpet on such works as the Grammy-winning recording of Samuel Barber's Antony and Cleopatra. After two seasons, Dr. Higgins went on to hold the Principal Trumpet position of the Sacramento Symphony. He achieved comparable accolades in the Midwest as a professional tubist, holding principal positions in the La Crosse Symphony and the St. Joseph Symphony Orchestra.

His educational career has seen similar successes with brass pedagogy and conducting positions at the University of California Davis, California State University Sacramento, Winona State University in Minnesota, and Washburn University in Kansas.

Dr. Higgins' critical edition of Robert Russell Bennett's Suite of Old American Dances, published by Hal Leonard Publishing Company, serves as the model for the company's master-works series. Higgins also authored Robert Russell Bennett's Suite of Old American Dances, A Study Guide, which is published with Hoyt Editions. 

Dr. Higgins holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in trumpet performance from the Juilliard School, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts. Dr. Higgins' primary instrumental teachers include: William Vacchiano, Raymond Mase, Mario Guarneri, Thomas Stevens, Walter Laurson, James Stamp and Roger Bobo, and Dr. Higgins' primary conducting teachers include: Frederick Fennell, Gary W. Hill, and Robert Halseth.