Mark Houghton

Adjunct Professor, French Horn
Mary Pappert School of Music

Phone: 412.396.6080


B.M., Eastman School of Music

Mark Tennyson Houghton was awarded the position of 3rd horn with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in June of 2014. Previously, he was principal horn of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, and most recently, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Dallas Morning News critic Scott Cantrell wrote of Mr. Houghton: "He had a tone of burnished elegance and amazing expressive range, and he delivered some protracted decrescendos that took the breath away."

Houghton was born in Long Beach, California and raised in Keller, Texas. After some basic piano training, he began playing horn at age twelve. His parents-who are professional horn players and teachers-were his first instructors. Advanced studies yielded a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music as a student of W. Peter Kurau. Other notable teachers and mentors include Gregory Hustis and William VerMeulen.

Houghton has appeared with the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, Arizona Musicfest, Basically Beethoven Festival, The Hall Ensemble, Eastman Virtuosi, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He has toured domestically with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and abroad with the Eastman Horn Choir. In addition to his previous full-time principal horn positions, Mr. Houghton has performed as principal horn with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. He has been a featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. Houghton was a prizewinner in the American Horn Competition and the International Horn Society's John Hawkins Memorial Solo Competition. He has been an artist and/or guest clinician at multiple International Horn Society symposia, the Eastman School of Music, the University of North Texas, Arizona State University, The University of Arizona, Baylor University, Texas Christian University, the University of Oklahoma, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, Texas Tech University and Wichita State University.

Mr. Houghton is part owner of Houghton Horns, a family business that specializes in high-quality instruments, services and accessories for horn players.