Mark Houghton has been a member of the internationally acclaimed 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. Dallas Morning News critic Scott Cantrell wrote of Houghton: “He had a tone of burnished elegance and amazing expressive range, and he delivered some protracted decrescendos that took the breath away.” Mr. Houghton holds a degree from the Eastman School of Music (BM with Performer’s Certificate), a student of W. Peter Kurau. A passionate educator, Mark has presented numerous clinics and masterclasses across the nation, and currently serves as adjunct professor of horn at Duquesne University. Mark is an owner of Houghton Horns and manages Artistic Ambassadorship, Events and Strategic Planning.