Mark Barton is currently principal tuba with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Houston Ballet Orchestra. He has also performed with the Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Waco Symphony, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. Barton received a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of St. Thomas, a Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University. In recent years he has participated in the production of eight world premiere performances with Houston Grand Opera, the most recent being Andre Previn's A Brief Encounter. Barton is also an active freelance artist and clinician.