Dr. Natalie Higgins
Position: Assistant Professor
Office: RiverCenter 2708
Discipline: Brass - Horn
Dr. Natalie Brooke Higgins was recently appointed to the position of Assistant Professor of Music in Horn at the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music. Dr. Higgins received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, Masters of Music from George Mason University, and Bachelor of the Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.
As a performer, Dr. Higgins is a founding member of the Alias Brass Company, and an active solo, chamber, orchestral, and wind band musician. As a soloist, she performs regularly on recital series, in workshops, and in clinics. Most recently, she was a prizewinner of the International Winds, Brass, and Percussion Enkor Competition, finalist at the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Brass Competition, and winner of the St. Louis Artist Presentation Series. She has been featured with such ensembles as the Appleton Concert Band, Missouri Western State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, George Mason University Symphony Orchestra, and George Mason University Wind Ensemble. As an active chamber musician she is a founding member of the Alias Brass Company and Calliope Trio, a flute, horn, and piano trio. Previously, she has been a member of the award winning Fountain City Brass Band, award winning University of Missouri-Kansas City Graduate Fellowship Woodwind Quintet, award winning Borderline Brass Quintet, Topeka Symphony, University of California, Los Angeles Gluck Scholarship Woodwind and Brass Quintets, and has performed with such ensembles as the National Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, St. Joseph Symphony, American Festival Pops Orchestra, American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Bowdoin Festival Orchestra, and Banff Festival Orchestra.
As an educator, Dr. Higgins has instructed throughout North America. She frequently presents masterclasses and educational seminars as part of Alias Brass Company’s Sound Education for Resonate Learning program. Additionally, Dr. Higgins has held the position of instructor of horn and lecturer of high brass methods at Missouri Western State University, and has been an active clinician and private instructor in the Kansas City, MO, Fairfax, VA, Los Angeles, CA and Elk Grove, CA areas. Dr. Higgins was a featured artist at this year’s Southeast Missouri State’s Horn Day, and has given clinics and performances at such workshops as the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Missouri Music Educator’s Association Conference, Oklahoma Horn Day, and the Western Horn Workshop.
As an administrator and artistic entrepreneur, Dr. Higgins co-founded and is the active managing member of the Alias Brass Company. She also co-founded the Kansas City Horn Club, and has held positions as the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra Manager, The Gluck Foundation Chamber Music Program Coordinator, and the Gluck Foundation Music Partnership Coordinator.
Dr. Higgins has studied and participated in masterclasses with many internationally recognized and accomplished brass performers and teachers, among them Martin Hackleman, Chris Cooper, Brian O’Connor, Jens Lindeman, and Patrick Sheridan.