Natalie Huggins is well versed in the St. Louis music community as a vocalist, pianist, songwriter, educator, and entrepreneur for the last 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Webster University with an emphasis in piano and voice. Currently she is managing and teaching at her business Miss Natalie’s Piano and Vocal Studio, LLC.
Her most recent recording is a maxi-single comprised of 3 songs written, performed, and produced by her. Christian Schaeffer of The Riverfront Times describes Huggins as “an emotional pianist and expressive, acrobatic vocalist.” The performance for the release of this recording was part of the of The Clothesline ‘s January 2015 event; a monthly event where artists intersect to transform the space for one night only at Blank Space. The space was altered on two levels with two performances including lighting and installation specialists. She enlisted a string quartet, percussionist, and guitarist for the show to accompany her. In the past she led punk rock/feminist band The McGee’s and chamber-pop group Wax Wine and produced recordings for both of those groups.
Natalie has worked with various St. Louis groups such as the silent film composition collective The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. With this group she performed compositions set to Georges Milies short films as part of the International Film series at Webster University as well as a performance of works set to poetry by American poet Wallace Stevens that was commissioned by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. This set of compositions was recorded and put on a 12-inch record and was performed again at Off Broadway for its release. Other local groups and musicians she has worked for are Yankee Racers, Suzie Cue, The Bureau, Sleepy Kitty, and Kid Scientist.
Beginning her teaching career in 2003, Natalie presently holds over 30 students in her piano and vocal studio based in her home in Kirkwood, MO. Her teaching method is a blend of traditional and modern concepts that includes inspiration from Suzuki, Montessori, and Yoga, American, and Hungarian teaching methods. She is motivated by the idea that each and every person is capable of finding his or her own success in music. Values like self-discipline, hard work and profound cognitive enhancements are key components in her lessons.
Previously she has worked with the School of Rock in St. Louis and held positions as a keyboard and vocal instructor and group instructor. In 2014 and 2015 she participated in the national level rock and roll summer camp- Camp Jam.
As an arts administrator she worked as the booking coordinator for Halo Bar at the Pageant from 2010-2012 and The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill from 2011-2012. Some of her duties as coordinator included publicity, contracting, accounting, production, talent buying, and social networking. From 2012-2014 she held the position of Program Assistant for the Preparatory Program at the Community Music School of Webster University. Her duties included task management, coordinating schedules, budget, and payroll for the program.