Mark Houghton has been a member of the internationally acclaimed, GRAMMY Award-winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2014. Previously, he held principal horn posts in the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Mark is a past prizewinner of national solo horn competitions and has appeared as a guest artist or soloist with many notable orchestras and music festivals. Mr. Houghton earned a bachelor's degree with a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music as a student of W. Peter Kurau. Further training included professional studies with William VerMeulen. A passionate educator, Mark has presented numerous clinics and master classes across the nation, and currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Horn at Duquesne University. Mark is also an owner of Houghton Horns, a family business that specializes in high-quality instruments, services, accessories, and educational resources for brass players of all levels.