Higdon, Jennifer (Elaine)
- Christina L. Reitz
(b Brooklyn, NY, Dec 31, 1962).
American composer and flutist. Higdon spent her early childhood in Atlanta, Georgia until the age of ten, when her family relocated to Seymour, Tennessee. At age fourteen, she began her initial applied music training as a percussionist in the marching band; shortly thereafter, Higdon became self-taught on the flute and subsequently attended Bowling Green State University as a flute performance major studying with Judith Bentley. The latter initially encouraged Higdon in composition, which resulted in her first work, Night Creatures, for flute and piano. While at Bowling Green, she participated in Robert Spano’s conducting course; as the current music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Spano has maintained a significant role in commissioning Higdon’s music that places her at the forefront of the Atlanta School of Composers.
Higdon received an Artist’s Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in composition from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied with George Crumb. She currently holds the Milton L. Rock Chair in Composition at the Curtis Institute of Music. Higdon’s work has been commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta SO, the Chicago SO, the Pittsburgh SO and the Tokyo String Quartet, among numerous other ensembles....