Brenda Higgins


Music is my pathway to The Divine.

Cellist and native Hoosier Brenda Higgins holds a Master of Music in Cello Performance from Ball State University and completed a year of doctoral studies before winning an audition and joining the Orlando Philharmonic’s predecessor, the Florida Symphony Orchestra, in 1975. Her primary teachers were Joseph Saunders, Shirley Tabachnick, Nicholas Jones, Robert Montgomery, and David Darling.

Selected as a Rotary Scholar in 1984, Brenda spent nine months studying and giving recitals throughout mid- and south Wales, returning to perform with the FSO until its demise in 1993. As a 2008 recipient of a Professional Development Grant from United Arts of Central Florida, Brendas attended the Oberlin Baroque Institute, studying viola da gamba with Catherina Meints and Baroque cello with Kenneth Slowik.

Brenda is principal cellist of the Bach Festival Orchestra, a member of the Brevard Symphony and Disney World Orchestras, co-founder of The Raintree Chamber Players, and an active freelance musician in Central Florida. She maintains a private cello studio in her home in Dubsdread.