Degrees and Certifications:
Queensbury, NY native Dr. Jonathan Houghtling received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance from The University of Alabama, where he studied with Dr. Jonathan Whitaker. Jonathan H served as the sabbatical replacement for Dr. Whitaker for the 2017 fall semester. Prior to his studies at UA, Jonathan was an active performer and educator in Chicago. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Alabama Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, New World Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Elgin Symphony, among others. Jonathan served as Principal Trombone of the Dubuque Symphony for the 2015-2016 season. He also held the chair of Principal Trombone with The Northbrook Symphony from 2011-2016. As an avid chamber musician, Jonathan has performed with the award-winning contemporary ensemble, Dal Niente, as well as the award-winning brass quintet, Axiom Brass. He is also a founding member of the brass ensemble, New Chicago Brass.
Jonathan has won the International Trombone Association’s Alto Trombone and Larry Wiehe solo competitions. He was a finalist for the International Trombone Association’s Van Haney orchestral excerpt competition. He has participated in the National Repertory Orchestra, as well as the Alessi Seminar, where he was a fellow. Jonathan completed a Master of Music degree and Post-Master’s Certificate in Performance at DePaul University, where he studied with Mark Fisher and Charlie Vernon, as well as a Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University, where he studied with Peter Ellefson and Dee Stewart.
Jonathan currently serves as Trombone Instructor at The University of Montevallo, Talladega College, Alabama School of Fine Arts, as well as various high schools and middle schools. He holds the chair of Second Trombone with the Huntsville Symphony, and can also be found frequently performing with various orchestras throughout Alabama and Mississippi.