Upcoming Events

February 20, 2015, 7:30pm, Nightingale Hall, University of Nevada Reno
Cellist Dmitri Atapine in recital, with pianist Hyeyeon Park, will present the world premiere of "Andean Suite" 

SAVE THE DATES, April 8, 9 and 10, 2016--WORLD PREMIERE of "The Big Bonanza" in a fully staged production with orchestra,
to be presented by Nevada Chamber Opera.

Recent Projects

Monica's latest work is "Feels Like a Passacaglia" for organ and percussion instruments.

Violist Michelle LaCourse and pianist James Grant have recorded "Whalefall," soon to be released on the new CD entitled "American Menagerie" MSR Classics [MS1474]

In June 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 the composer's own anthem "Te lucis ante terminum."

Dieter Hennings, a member of Duo Damiana, presented "Blue Shuffle" in a master class for the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium.

"Sonata for Piano" is among the works offered by pianist Christopher Atzinger on his newly released CD recording, entitled "American Lyricism," on MSR Classics (MS1534) available at Amazon.com, or directly from the label.

On April 17, 2014, the Argenta Trio performed "Wilderness Portraits: Three Places in Nevada" for the Argenta Concert Series, in Nightingale Hall, at the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, together with works by Beethoven and Brahms.
In December Ms. Houghton traveled to Cuba with the American Composers Forum and 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.  Five Houghton chamber works were performed by Ruth Lenz, violin; Carol Laube, violin; Dustin Budish, viola; Peter Lenz, 'cello; Adele Park, piano; Katherine DeBoer, soprano; and James Winn, piano.

Following the Panorámicos concert on May 11, 2012, at St. Bonaventure U, the Olean Times Herald reported, "Houghton's three Songs Without Words captivated the audience through the intimate sounds of flutist and guitarist." Mary Kay Robinson, flute, and Don Better, guitar, performed.
Previously, Panorámicos had performed this and three other Houghton compositions along with works by Vaughn Williams, Villa Lobos and Pixinguinha, at Harkness Chapel, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

"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 three different occasions, most recently at University of Nebraska-Kearney, with Valerie Cisler, piano. The Five Songs were composed for and premiered by baritone Patrick Mason at UC Boulder the previous year.