Principal, William R. & Gretchen B. Kimball Chair
Carey Bell became SFS Principal Clarinet and occupant of the William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair in September 2007. A former member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, 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 clarinetist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Bell received degrees in performance and composition from the University of Michigan.
He is currently a member of the Coaching Team for the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.