Principal, William R. & Gretchen B. Kimball Chair
Carey Bell became SFS Principal Clarinet, occupying the William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair, in September 2007. He has held principal positions with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the Syracuse Symphony, and he has served as acting principal clarinet of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and as guest principal clarinet with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
As a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Mr. Bell has performed the clarinet concertos of Mozart and Nielsen as well as Debussy's Première Rapsodie. He joined the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2016. Summer engagements have included the Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo, the Oregon Bach Festival, and the Telluride Chamber Music Festival.
Mr. Bell received degrees in performance and composition from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he studied with clarinetist Fred Ormand and composers William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, Michael Daugherty, and Evan Chambers. During his time in Michigan he participated in summer fellowships at Tanglewood and the Music Academy of the West. After graduating, he continued his clarinet training at DePaul University with Larry Combs and was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Luis Baez, Associate Principal and E-flat Clarinet of the SFS, joined the Orchestra in 1990. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, he began his professional career as principal of the Annapolis Opera Company Orchestra and has been a member of the Florida Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera, and New Mexico Symphony, where he served as principal clarinet for four years. He is a coach for the SFS Youth Orchestra and serves on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
David Neuman, who has been a clarinetist with the SFS since 1986, received a bachelor’s degree from Temple University and an artist diploma from the Curtis Institute. Before joining the SFS, he served as principal clarinet of the Korean Broadcast Symphony, and as assistant principal and E-flat clarinet with the Cincinnati Symphony. He served for nearly twenty seasons as principal clarinet of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho. A former coach for the SFS Youth Orchestra, he is owner of VuPorts, an international reseller of videoconferencing equipment.
Jerome Simas, who joined the SFS in 2012, was a fellow at the New World Symphony and has held principal clarinet positions with such ensembles as the California Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and Akron Symphony. He is a member of San Francisco’s Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. He received degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and studied and performed chamber music at Marlboro. First prize winner of the International Clarinet Society Young Artist Competition and grand prize winner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, he has taught at UC Davis, Stanford, the San Francisco Conservatory, and the University of Oregon. He is currently a coach for the SFS Youth Orchestra.
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San Francisco, CA 94102
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