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Karen Houghton has been a private horn instructor for over 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 teaching and playing positions across the country. Karen enjoys teaching all levels and loves to see each student excel and reach their potential on the horn. She studied horn with Fred Fox at California State University, Long Beach, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance. Other notable teachers were James Decker, Michael Hoeltzel (HFM Detmold) 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 2nd horn in the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, in addition to freelancing in the DFW area. Karen is an owner of Houghton Horns.
Janet B. Nye, in addition to freelancing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has been a member of the Waco and Irving Symphony horn sections for over twenty years. Janet is enthusiastic about teaching horn and has had a successful private horn studio for over twenty-five years. Many of her former students are teaching and performing professionally today. As an active educational consultant for Houghton Horns, Mrs. Nye, along with her colleague, Karen Houghton, has presented engaging and informative horn pedagogy clinics at universities, music educator conventions, camps, schools and horn symposiums throughout the United States. They are co-authors of Recipe for Success: A balanced curriculum for young horn players, a comprehensive method book for the first three to five years of playing. The book has received international acclaim and is heralded as being “…the best and most extensive horn method to come out in a long time.” She has toured for seven summers throughout Germany with the Christian brass ensemble Eurobrass and can be heard on the 2006 GerthMedien Eurobrass recording: Give Thanks to the Lord, Danket dem Herrn. She received her BME from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her MM in Horn Performance from Baylor University. Currently, Janet resides in Arlington, Texas, with her husband Rick Nye, a Waco native, and their two sons.