Trained by noted pedagogue Deborah Pittman, Robin Houston performs on clarinets for several Sacramento, CA area community orchestras, including the Auburn Symphony, Folsom Lake Symphony, and Camellia Symphony. His primary instrument is the bass clarinet, but he fills in on other sizes (E-flat and basset horn, e.g.) as needed. It was in the early 1990s that he gained an interest in “Early Music,” where the clarinet composition repertoire is distinctly lacking. (Did we tell you that the clarinet was only invented in the early 18th century?) He has attended numerous San Francisco Early Music Society and Amherst Early Music workshops, first on recorder, then on shawms and dulcians, plus chalumeau, Baroque bassoon, and oboe in the last twenty years. Since then, he has been a member of Early Music Maui, as well as Bay Area Renaissance wind bands Alta Sonora, Project Zefiro, and La Marina. He lives comfortably in Davis, CA with four (more or less) well-behaved cats. Professionally, Robin Houston was a parasitologist at the U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where he spent over thirty years sitting on one stool investigating another.