Carter Biggers, DMA

Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music

Carter Biggers

Academic Areas: Band, Music Education



DMA in Wind Band Conducting, The University of Iowa
MM in Wind Band Conducting, Texas Tech University
BM in Music Education (percussion emphasis), Texas Tech University


Carter Biggers, DMA, is Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music, and Co-Lead in the Division of Music at Texas Woman’s University where he conducts the Wind Symphony, University Band and Pioneer Pep Band, teaches undergraduate courses in conducting, secondary instrumental music methods, marching band techniques, and oversees all aspects of the TWU band program. In 2023, he was awarded Texas Woman’s University Mary Mason Lyon Award for Distinguished Junior Faculty as well as the College of Arts and Sciences Distinction in Scholarship Award.

Under his direction, the TWU Wind Symphony, the premiere instrumental ensemble at TWU, was recently selected through a blind peer-reviewed process to perform at the 2024 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Southwestern Divisional Conference. Previous conference performances include the 2021 National Association of Collegiate Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI) Conference and 2020 CBDNA SW Divisional Conference. Their first recorded album, “Walking on Shattered Glass” - a collection of works for wind band by female composers, was released in February 2023 under the Mark Custom Records Label.

Prior to his appointment to TWU in 2016, he was Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at Pennsylvania State University, and as a graduate fellow and teaching assistant in the School of Music at the University of Iowa. In addition to his university teaching experiences, Dr. Biggers was a high school and junior high band director in Texas where his students and ensembles consistently received top ratings at local and state contests.

Dr. Biggers is a passionate advocate for the creation of new wind band music, and is regularly involved in commissioning works by a diverse group of established as well as emerging composers including Kim Archer, Brian Balmages, Stephanie Berg, Jodie Blackshaw, Andrew Boss, Harrison Collins, Mark Connor, Juan Pablo Contreras, Steve Danyew, Kevin Day, Grace Baugher Dunlap, Caleb Hammer, Cathy Likhuta, Quinn Mason, Cait Nishimura, William Owens, Brooke Pierson, Nicole Piunno, Giovanni Santos, Peter Senchuk, Josh Trentadue, Kevin Walczyk, and Haley Woodrow. Other areas or research interests lie in diversity, equity and inclusion in programming practices as well as in educational materials for the primary and secondary classroom.

Dr. Biggers is an active guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician and has presented clinics and workshops in Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. He has authored articles in the National Band Association Journal, Southwestern Musician, Teaching Music through Performance in Band series and Update: Application of Research in Music Education. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Texas Music Educators Association as College Division Vice-President. His professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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