Higgs earned his B.M. and M.M. at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, with a Performer's Certificate following from Eastman. He was on the faculty at Manhattan from 1983–86 and was Associate Organist of Riverside Church in New York, where he also conducted the Riverside Choral Society. He then moved to the San Francisco area to join the faculty of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. In 1992, he moved to Rochester, NY, where he joined the faculty at Eastman. He is now the chair of the Organ and Historical Keyboards Department at Eastman, and continues to serve as a professor of organ.