Dr. Natalie Brooke Higgins
Music Chose Me
Dr. Natalie Brooke Higgins is an entrepreneurial musician devoted to inspiring the next generation to think beyond just the notes on the page. She is a firm believer that creativity is critical when developing and building a career in music, and constantly encourages her students to think outside of the box in combination with refining their instrumental skills.
Schwob School of Music
As a founding member of the Alias Brass Company and the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Music in Horn of the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music, Dr. Higgins prepares her students to succeed as artists, musicians, administrators, entrepreneurs, and well-rounded human beings.
Alias Brass Company
Falling in Love with Music
Coming from a musical household, Dr. Higgins understands how difficult succeeding in music can be, and spent most of her childhood running away from the daily routines required in practicing and preparing your musical craft. In the long run, however, it was music that she fell in love with, proof that “you don’t choose music, music chooses you”.
Unable to imagine herself as anything other than a musician, she pursued bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in horn performance. Studying with world renowned brass artists such as Martin Hackleman, Chris Cooper, Brian O’Connor, Pete Nowlen, Jens Lindemann and Patrick Sheridan. Performing with such ensembles as the National Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Topeka Symphony Orchestra, St. Joseph Symphony, American Festival Pops Orchestra, American Wind Symphony, Fountain City Brass Band, Bowdoin Festival Orchestra and Banff Festival Orchestra.
Nurturing a Future in Music
Natalie currently nurtures a promising career where she can combine all of her musical and entrepreneurial skills. As an entrepreneur, she enjoys creating and developing organizations such as the Alias Brass Company, and the Kansas City Horn Club. As a performer, Natalie performs and frequently competes as a soloist, chamber, and ensemble musician. Most recently, Natalie was a featured soloist with the Appleton Civic Band, took second prize in the International Winds, Brass, and Percussion Enkor Competition was a finalist in the MTNA Young Artist Brass Competition and winner of the St. Louis Artist Presentation Series.
As a devoted educator, she has taught internationally and presented and performed in such conferences as the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Southeast Missouri State Horn Day, Oklahoma Horn Day, Western Horn Workshop, and Missouri Music Educators Conference.
Dr. Higgins is a strong collaborator, and continually forms and builds relationships with artists and musicians of all walks of life. She is very grateful to be a part of the Siegfried’s Call family and looks forward to working with the company, as she strives to create a gateway to instrumental music for new musicians and music appreciators alike.
- Horn: Dieter Otto 205 Weimar-Berlin gold plated
- Mouthpiece: Paxman 4B
- Case: Marcus Bonna MBSCD Soft Case with Detachable Bell Section
- Mute: Rittich, TrumCor stop, Faxx Practice
- Hand Strap: Moosewood
Essential Must Haves
- Yoga Mat
- Weekly Mantra
- Microphone & Recording Program
- Innovative Attitude and Open Mind
Something Worth Learning
- Sometimes sleep is better than caffeine.
- Neither Rome nor your career was built in a day.
- Collaboration and compromise lead to success.
- Efficient Practice is necessary, but enjoying what you do is essential.
- iPhone and countless tuner, metronome, seconds pro, and other musical apps!
- An organized calendar, or 4
- Adobe Suite
- Bacon and Cheese
- Constantly strive to push the walls of your practice box outwards so you can refine your inner performance circle.
- "Better than yesterday, but not as good as tomorrow." – Martin Hackleman