Rebecca Tobin, clarinet


Rebecca Tobin enjoys an active career as an orchestral clarinetist and educator. She most recently served as Acting Associate Principal and E-flat Clarinet with the Kansas City Symphony from 2017-2019. Previously she was Acting Second Clarinet with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. for the 2016-2017 season and joined the orchestra on their tour to Russia. In the 2019-2020 season, Rebecca performed with those ensembles as well as numerous other orchestras including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Houston Ballet, and Opera in the Heights, and was invited to perform on the National Symphony Orchestra Asia Tour. Rebecca has participated in festivals including Sunflower Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, Texas Music Festival, and National Orchestral Institute. 


Originally from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, she completed her master’s degree at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in 2016. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 2014 at the Eastman School of Music where she was awarded a Performer’s Certificate. Her primary teachers include Richie Hawley, Kenneth Grant, Jon Manasse and Gregory Smith. As an educator, Rebecca has taught extensively in the Houston area. Her students have been accepted into college conservatory programs and TMEA All-State. She has worked as a sectional and chamber music coach for Houston Youth Symphony and has also presented masterclasses at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.