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Dr. William Higgins

Dr. William Higgins, baritone, Opera Workshop

BME, Truman State University
MM, The University of Oklahoma
DMA, The University of Oklahoma

Dr. William L. Higgins earned his bachelor’s degree in voice at Truman State University and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees at the University of Oklahoma. He is currently in his twelfth year at Henderson State University, where he teaches voice, diction, opera workshop and aural skills. Prior to coming to HSU, he held visiting positions at the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma, where he taught courses in voice and vocal literature.

Dr. Higgins has performed throughout the southern and midwestern United States. He served as music director and performer for Oklahoma’s Pollard Theater, and has been featured in performances with the Oklahoma Philharmonic, Canterbury Singers, Cimarron Circuit Opera Company, and Pine Bluff Symphony. At Henderson State University, he has performed the roles of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Caldwell B. Cladwell in Urinetown, and most recently Grandpa in You Can’t Take It With You. As director of the Opera Workshop, he has overseen such productions as Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica, Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. An active choral musician, he is currently the music director for First United Methodist Church of Arkadelphia, and has served as the choral director for Arkansas Governor’s School since 2007. He is a member of the College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.


 “The undergraduate education in music that I received from Henderson has changed my life by opening doors for me both educationally and professionally. It prepared me for success by giving me the tools necessary to be a successful music educator. My BME achieved at Henderson afforded me opportunities for success in graduate and post graduate studies as well as professional advancement in addition to allowing my family and me the employment and thus financial security that is so precarious today without such educational opportunities. I am grateful to Henderson State University.”

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