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Marni J. Hougham

Oboe and English Horn, John Gilman Ordway Chair

Marni J. Hougham joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1997, taking the John Gilman Ordway Chair for English horn. In 2006, 2011 and 2019, she was featured in performances of Sibelius’ The Swan of Tuonela, all under the baton of Osmo Vänskä; she performed and recorded the work with the Orchestra earlier under Eiji Oue. In 2008 and 2015, she was a soloist in performances of Copland’s Quiet City under the direction of Sarah Hicks and Eric Whitacre, respectively.

A Los Angeles native, Hougham studied with William Criss at the University of Southern California. She has often been a guest player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; she has also served as assistant principal oboe/English horn of the San Antonio Symphony and was a member of the New World Symphony from 1990 to 1993. Additionally, she has played with the Cape Town Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and Honolulu Symphony.