Wendy Hart Higdon is the Director of Bands and Performing Arts Department Chair at Creekside Middle School in Carmel, Indiana. Under her direction, the Creekside Wind Symphony was honored to perform at The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2013. The Creekside Wind Symphony has also been a featured performing ensemble at the Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA) Conference and has served as a rehearsal clinic band at the Midwest Clinic and the IMEA Conference.
Ms. Higdon is in frequent demand as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and speaker around the country. She has been named the 2020 Indiana Outstanding Bandmaster by Phi Beta Mu, Gamma Chapter. In 2013, she received the “Fifty Directors Who Make a Difference” Award from School Band and Orchestra Magazine. Her articles have appeared in The Instrumentalist Magazine, as well as being published by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), D'Addario Education Collective, Music for All, and SmartMusic, among others. She regularly speaks about important topics in music education, and has recently presented sessions at several national conferences including The Midwest Clinic, The National Association of School Music Dealers Conference, and the Australian National Band and Orchestra Association Conference in Brisbane, where she was a keynote presenter.
Ms. Higdon earned her degree in music education from Ball State University Honors College, graduating summa cum laude. She also holds two Masters degrees from Butler University, one in clarinet performance and the second in education administration. She is currently serving as the North Central Division Representative on the National Council of Band Music Education, and is an advisor for Be Part of the Music. She served as a board member for the Indiana Music Education Association from 2014-2017. She is a member of Phi Beta Mu International, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, the National Association for Music Education, the Indiana Music Education Association and the Indiana Bandmasters Association.