7 French Horn

Posted by Dean Surface on July 31, 2017 with No Comments

karen houghtonKaren Houghton

Karen Houghton has been a private horn instructor for forty years and has taught in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for the past thirty years. During this time, she has had over one hundred high school students place in the prestigious Texas Music Educators Association All-State Bands/Orchestras. Several of her former students now hold professional positions around the country. Karen enjoys teaching all levels and loves to see each student excel and reach their potential on the horn. She and her husband, Dennis, both studied with Fred Fox, James Decker, Michael Hoeltzel and William Scharnberg. Karen has held the positions of second horn in the Long Beach Symphony, Co-principal horn in the Orquesta Sinfonica del Valle (Cali, Colombia) and is currently second horn in the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, in addition to free-lancing in the DFW area. Karen is a co-owner of Houghton Horns.


Laura Chicarello

Laura Chicarello is a private horn teacher and performer in the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex. She has appeared as a lecturer and Regional Artist at several horn workshops, most recently including the 2018 Mid-South Horn Workshop, where she gave a lecture titled, “Chops of Steel: Developing an Efficient Embouchure in Beginner Players.” Laura has played with the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, Irving Symphony Orchestra, and San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, as well as several orchestras in Louisiana, including the Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and Rapides Symphony Orchestras. She has also performed in the Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival orchestra for two summers. Laura holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of New Hampshire. While not performing or teaching, Laura enjoys distance running and eating Tex Mex, but not at the same time.

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