Joseph Higgins

Joseph Higgins

Joseph Higgins
Director of Bands - Associate Professor (Full-Time)

Joseph Higgins

Contact Info
Wilson Hall, 131

Biography

Dr. Joseph Higgins (he/him) strives to inspire curiosity, creativity, and connection through art. He believes in the expressive power of new music and is a passionate advocate of socially conscious programming. In 2015, Dr. Higgins joined the faculty of Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, where he conducts the wind ensembles and teaches courses in conducting and band literature. For outstanding work in the classroom, he was awarded the 2018 Frances S. Johnson Innovative Teaching Award. He also received the University’s 2017-2018 Values Award for Inclusivity in recognition of his curating a “Music of Social Justice” performance series. The Rowan University Wind Ensemble was recently invited to perform at the 2020 College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference in Philadelphia, PA; and Rowan bands perform frequently at state and regional festivals and conferences. Dr. Higgins regularly serves as a guest conductor-clinician with outstanding professional, community, and student ensembles throughout the country. His professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the National Association for Music Education, Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society), and he is an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Dr. Higgins earned doctor and master of music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University, where his primary teacher was Mallory Thompson, and a bachelor of music degree in music education from the University of Georgia. Prior to graduate study, he taught at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia. He lives in Collingswood, New Jersey, with his wife Michelle Higgins and their daughters, Eden and Iris.