Monica's most recent composition, "Feels Like a Passacaglia" for
organ and percussion instruments, was given a first performance on
March 8, 2015, in an arrangement for organ and handbells by Cyril
Deaconoff, organist, First Presbyterian Church, Oakland, California.
NEW CD releases featuring Houghton works:
Cellist Dmitri Atapine
world premiere of "Andean Suite" on February 20, 2015, in Nightingale
Hall at University of Nevada, Reno, on a program entitled "The
American Cello," with Hyeyeon Park, piano.
The composer sang with the American Creators Ensemble Chorus at
the 2014 Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium under the direction
of Craig Hella-Johnson. Twenty-two new works were prepared for
performance and recording over a ten-day period, including "Te lucis ante terminum." Dieter Hennings, guitarist and member of Duo Damiana,
presented "Blue Shuffle" in a master class for the composers.
On April 17, 2014, the Argenta Trio performed "Wilderness Portraits: Three Places in Nevada" on the Argenta Concert Series at the University of Nevada, Reno, together with works by Beethoven and Brahms.
After a trip to Cuba with the American Composers Forum in December 2014 Monica composed a new orchestral work inspired by Camerata Romeu.
The composer produced an hour-long benefit concert for the Reno Chamber Orchestra on January 31, 2013, at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada, featuring five of her chamber works. Ruth Lenz, violin; Carol Laube, violin; Dustin Budish, viola; Peter Lenz, 'cello; Adele Park, piano; Katherine DeBoer, soprano; and James Winn, piano performed.
"One of the most well-constructed
contemporary cycles I have sung," is how Andrew White, baritone,
referred to "Five Songs on Poems of
James Wright," a work he has performed on at least three different occasions. The Songs were premiered by baritone Patrick Mason at the Univeristy of Colorado Boulder the previous year.