Jerome Simas was appointed bass/utility clarinetist with the San Francisco Symphony in 2012. He has appeared as a guest clarinetist with orchestras across the U.S., including the Cleveland Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera (acting principal clarinet). He was a fellow at the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas (with whom he recorded Rhapsody in Blue and Stravinsky’s Ebony Concerto for BMG Classics and RCA) and has held principal clarinet positions with the IRIS Orchestra, California Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Modesto Symphony, Monterey Symphony, and Akron Symphony. As a chamber musician, he studied and performed at Marlboro Music in Vermont and also represented the New World Symphony in chamber music concerts in Europe and the U.S. He is currently a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble in San Francisco and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in Western New York State during summertime. He won first prize at the International Clarinet Society’s Young Artist’s Competition, Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and first prize at the Yellow Springs National Chamber Music Competition. He has appeared as soloist with the California Symphony, New World Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Modesto Symphony, Iris Chamber Orchestra, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony, where he received his BM and MM degrees as a student of Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinetist Franklin Cohen. As a music educator, he works with youth orchestras throughout the region and has taught clarinet at UC Davis, Stanford University, San Francisco Conservatory, and most recently at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance as Assistant Professor of Clarinet.
Jerome Simas has served as a Symphony mentor in the SF Symphony Community of Music Makers program. He is currently a member of the Coaching Team for the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.
(Updated August 2012)