It’s not every day you hear about a professional orchestra musician who also is a medical doctor and post-doc researcher in immunology and virology. The San Francisco Symphony’s newly hired Associate Principal Horn, Mark Almond, holds a PhD in immunology and virology from Imperial College, London. With performance schedules upended by the pandemic, Almond is taking the opportunity to research Covid-19 as a post-doctoral research scholar at the University of California San Francisco. In an interview with San Francisco Classical Voice, Almond said, “I’m really looking forward to working with the Symphony when the pandemic allows, but in the meantime it’s great to be … doing cutting-edge Covid research.”