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 masterclasses across the nation, and currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Horn at Duquesne University. As an owner of Houghton Horns, Mark is primarily involved in artistic ambassadorship, product research and development, social media, events, and strategic planning.
Christian Paarup is a trombonist, teacher, composer, arranger, digital sheet music engraver, and trombone sales specialist. He has performed with many ensembles in Texas, including the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera, San Antonio Symphony, and Dallas Winds, and is a founding member of the Fort Worth Brass. Mr. Paarup is Adjunct Professor of Low Brass at Dallas College, a private instructor for Aledo and Burleson school districts, Founder and Director of the Trombone Choir of North Texas, and a frequent adjudicator at UIL auditions and competitions. His works have been performed at the International Trombone Festival and American Trombone Workshop, among others. Through Paarup Music Editions, Christian has helped create method books, arrangements, and instructional materials for esteemed artists and educators such as Dr. Per Brevig, Joseph Alessi, Dennis Bubert, Anthony Barfield, and Karen Houghton. Mr. Paarup holds degrees from Baylor University (BM – magna cum laude), and the Manhattan School of Music (MM). His teachers include David Finlayson, Brent Phillips, and Dennis Bubert. As the Trombone Specialist for Houghton Horns, Mr. Paarup helps guide customers, creates social media content, and represents the business at workshops and trade shows.
Dr. Sally Podrebarac serves as Adjunct Music Professor at Tarrant County College Northwest Campus in Fort Worth, Texas. Previously, she served as Instructor at Texas Tech University and Instructor of the Non-Major Horn Studio at Northwestern University. Dr. Podrebarac held the 4th horn position in the San Juan Symphony from 2017-2018 and the 2nd horn position in the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra from 2014-2015. She has enjoyed appearances with the Santa Fe Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Amarillo Symphony, and many others. An accomplished soloist, she won first place in the International Women’s Brass Conference Solo Competition in 2010 and competed as a finalist in the International Horn Society’s Premier Soloist Competition in 2011. Dr. Podrebarac maintains a private studio of students in the DFW area and enjoys teaching students of all ages.
Christopher Reddick is known as “The Valve Whisperer”. A skilled craftsman, Christopher specializes in the maintenance and restoration of rotary valves. He also does bell conversions, refits bearings, removes dents, cleans horns and makes people laugh on a regular basis. Christopher’s years of experience in the shop and his love of the horn make him a valuable member of the Houghton Horns team.
Dr. Derek J. Wright is a French hornist, recording artist, web designer, and recording engineer. He is a member of the Amarillo Symphony and he has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, the New World Symphony, and countless other critically acclaimed ensembles. As an avid solo artist, Derek has performed as a guest artist at multiple symposiums and education institutions. He has also released multiple solo recordings on the Houghton Horns YouTube channel. His music studies include work with William VerMeulen, John Ericson, Herbert Winslow, and Kazimierz Machala. As an audio engineer with over 15 years of experience, Derek offers on-site recording, editing, and mixing services. He is also a web designer with specialties in WordPress and eCommerce. He runs Wright Family Web Design with his wife Kacie. In addition, Derek is a co-owner of Houghton Horns, one of the largest brass-specialty music shops in the country. He has helped to design and market multiple horns and mouthpieces for the company under the Houghton and Verus brands. He has also spoken as a guest at multiple colleges and universities on the subjects of instrument design and acoustics.
Kacie Wright earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and history from the University of Texas at Arlington. Before coming to work at Houghton Horns as photographer and webmaster, she worked in public schools for over a decade, first teaching English to students in Japan, then teaching Japanese to students in the U.S. Her passions include podcasts, cooking, and spending too much time on social media.
Chief is Houghton Horns’ VP of Napping and Executive Manager of Treats. His responsibilities include greeting each customer who comes through the door and finding the most inconvenient location possible to fall asleep.