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Edward Higgins
Edward Higgins

Edward Higgins, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Wind Symphony

Office: LH 213C
Phone: 503.725.3051
Fax: 503.725.8215
E-mail: Ehiggins@pdx.edu

Dr. Edward Higgins began his versatile 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 St. Joseph Symphony Orchestras.

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

Dr. Higgins is currently Associate Professor of Music at Portland State University where he held the position of Director of Bands for over a decade before moving into the university's Distance Learning Department.  He also serves as Orchestra Conductor of the Portland Choir and Orchestra. 

Dr. Higgins is highly sought after as a conductor/clinician for state and regional honor ensembles.   He founded the Oregon Conductor’s Symposium and has been a featured guest with the Portland Festival Orchestra. Dr. Higgins served as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Portland Wind Symphony transforming it into one of the premiere ensembles of its kind on the west coast.  Dr. Higgins’ more recent appearances have occurred in such diverse locales as New York’s La Guardia School of the Performing Arts  (featured in the motion picture, “Fame”) and the Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China.

On the concert stage, Higgins has collaborated with notable artists such as: Glenn Dicterow (Concertmaster, New York Philharmonic), Charles Schlueter (Principal Trumpet Emeritus, Boston Symphony), Ronald Baron (Principal Trombone Emeritus, Boston Symphony) and world-renowned trumpet soloist Carl “Doc” Severinsen.

Dr. Higgins holds a Doctorate in Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in trumpet performance from the Juilliard School.