WORLD PREMIERE of The Big Bonanza: A New American Opera in a fully staged production with orchestra, presented by Nevada Chamber Opera
and the University of Nevada Symphony Orchestra at Nightingale Hall on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada.

April 8, 2016, 7:30 pm
April 9, 2016, 7:30 pm
April 10, 2016, 2:30 pm

For tickets, follow this link

Parking is available on the first floor of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex just north of the Church Fine Arts Building. There is a bus stop driveway at the Virginia Street entrance to the Church Fine Arts Building making it easy to drop-off passengers before parking. Access for disabled patrons to Nightingale Concert Hall is located on the East side of theChurch Fine Arts Building.

Recent and Ongoing Projects

Dr. Phillip Manwell, organist of Trinity Episcopal Church, has commissioned a new work.

"Silicon Valley Moms: Views from a California ESL Class"  was commissioned and premiered by Voices of Silicon Valley under the direction of Cyril Deaconoff in a series of two concerts on May 30 and 31, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, San Jose, and First Presbyterian Church, Oakland, California. Here is a link to a Spanish language article about the project:

Dr. Deaconoff also gave the first performance of "Feels Like a Passacaglia" for organ and percussion (arranged by Dr. Deaconoff for organ and handbells) at the First Presbyterian Church, Oakland, on International Womans Day.

Cellist Dmitri Atapine with pianist Hyeyeon Park presented the WORLD PREMIERE of "Andean Suite" on February 20, 2015, on a program entitled "The American Cello," in Nightingale Hall at University of Nevada, Reno.

Recent CD releases featuring the music of Monica Houghton:

    "American Lyricism" MSR Classics (MS1534) "Sonata for Piano" performed by Minnesota-based pianist Christopher Atzinger
follow this link to read a recent review

    "American Menagerie" MSR Classics (MS1474) "Whalefall" performed by Boston-based violist Michelle LaCourse and
composer/pianist Martin Amlin

The Argenta Trio performed "Wilderness Portraits: Three Places in Nevada" on the Argenta Concert Series in April 2014, together with works by Beethoven and Brahms. 

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, featuring five of her chamber works.