Mark Holley Wins Houston Grand Opera, 2nd Trombone Position

(From L to R: Thomas Hulten, principal trombonist, and Mark)

TF Mark Holley, a DMA candidate at UNT for instrumental performance, won the 2nd trombone audition for the Houston Grand Opera on Monday, February 13, 2012.  After the audition, the opera orchestra’s artistic and musical director, Patrick Summers, asked Mark if he could start right away playing in Verdi’s Don Carlo in April.   

Mark has been a teaching fellow for the trombone studio since January 2011 and plays in the Bell Street Four trombone quartet.  Outside of North Texas he has actively been teaching private lessons at nearby schools.

The Houston Grand Opera is considered one of the most prestigious opera companies in the United States, and has built a reputation for innovative programming.  For more about the Houston Grand Opera, click here.