Emily Higgins

With over twenty years of flute experience, Emily Higgins is new to the Portland area. Emily is principal flutist of the Union Symphony in Charlotte, NC and flutist with the Alla Prima Flute and Harp Duo and the Quintessence Wind Quintet. She also has taught flute for over 15 years, and is now accepting students in Portland.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from the Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut. There she studied with John Wion, longtime principal flutist of the New York City Opera, chamber musician, and solo and recording artist. Her other primary teacher has been Mark Thomas, an international soloist and founder of the National Flute Association. She has also studied flute with Kimberly Sopata, Elena Durán, Patricia George and Tadeu Coelho and piano with Eleanor Askins.

With a holistic mind/body approach to music, Emily has supplemented her academic study with further education in Alexander Technique, yoga, body mapping, and mindfulness meditation.  She incorporates these techniques into her own playing and into her teaching.

In 2014, Emily Higgins and her duo partner Kirsten Carrell Osborne released their Alla Prima Duo debut album Song To the Waking Sun, which includes music inspired by the natural and spiritual world. It is available for purchase on CD Baby.